It`s spring and getting towards the end of March in 2013.  That can only mean one thing in Japan … sakura (or cherry blossom if you prefer)!!  Yes, it`s time for the sakura to bloom and many people will enjoy hanami (flower viewing parties) under them.  I think it would be fair to say that a park filled with the trees in full bloom is a sight to behold.  And to celebrate we have a new song about them.  That song is Naotaro Moriyama`s, “Sakura”.

Naotaro comes from a musical family, his mother being Ryoko Moriyama, a famous jazz and folk singer (check out her on Youtube singing, “Nada sou sou”).  Apparently he often used to go to Inokashira park in Kichijoji to busk.  He debuted in 2001 and released, “Sakura”, on March 5, 2003.  It reached the number one spot on the Oricon weekly charts, and the number 4 spot on the yearly charts.  So it had a pretty good year in 2003.  It`s a tremendously good song.  You can see Naotaro`s (Japanese) website here.


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