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100 Best Japanese Songs (Nihon no uta 100 sen)

In 2006, the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan and the National PTA Council of Japan selected 101 songs of lyrical and beloved genres, including nursery rhymes, school songs, and popular songs, with the aim of encouraging families to sing and pass them down through generations. On this website, we primarily introduce nursery rhymes and school songs with accompanying videos, explanations, and details about places associated with them, serving as hints for journeys.
Summer

Natsu wa kinu – 夏は来ぬ

"Unohana no niou kakine ni" - Celebrate the arrival of summer with "Summer is Not Coming". Learn the lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, and welcome the summer season with a melody that seems to point to light and prestigious ancient lyrics.
Spring

Cha tsumi – 茶摘み

"Natsu mo chikazuku hachijyu hachiya" - Experience the vibrant season of tea picking with the song 'Cha tsumi'. Learn the lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations of this classic Japanese song.
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Autumn

Tombo no megane – とんぼのめがね

"Tombo no megane wa mizuiro megane" - What kind of glasses is "Dragonfly Glasses"? Enjoy this playful song. See the lyrics, romanization, and English translation of Dragonfly's Glasses.
Summer

Yashi no mi – 椰子の実

"Namo shiranu tooki shima yori" - Experience the tropical ambiance of 'Yashi no Mi'. Discover its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, reflecting on a palm fruit drifting ashore.
Summer

Amefuri – あめふり

"Ame ame fure fure kaasan ga" - Enjoy the soothing rhythm of the song 'Amefuri'. Discover its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, reflecting on rainy days.
Autumn

Aka tombo – 赤とんぼ

"Yuuyake koyake no aka tombo" - Explore the nostalgic 'Akatombo'. Discover its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, reflecting on red dragonflies and childhood memories.
Spring

Aoge ba toutoshi – 仰げば尊し

"Aoge ba toutoshi waga shi no on" - Reflect on the memories of school days with 'Aogeba Toutoshi'. Discover its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, a beloved graduation song in Japan.
Across the Seasons

Fuji no yama – ふじの山

"Atama wo kumo no ue ni dashi" - Discover the iconic Japanese nursery rhyme "Fuji no yama". Explore its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of traditional Japanese music.
Across the Seasons

Kisha – 汽車

"Ima wa yamanaka, ima wa hama" - Experience the journey with 'Kisha'. Learn its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, reflecting on a train ride through Japan.
Winter

Tooryanse – 通りゃんせ

Tooryanse tooryanse" - Explore the traditional children's song "Tooriyanse," which has a slightly mysterious atmosphere. Discover its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, a classic Japanese game song.
Autumn

Kono michi – この道

"Kono michi wa itsuka kita michi" - Explore the nostalgic path of 'Kono Michi'. Discover its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, reflecting on a beloved road.
Summer

Amefuri otsukisan – 雨降りお月さん

"Amefuri otsukisan kumo no kage" - Experience the poetic beauty of 'Amefuri Otsukisan'. Learn its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, depicting a rainy night with a visible moon.
Summer

Hotaru koi – ほたるこい

"Hoo hoo hotaru koi " Fantastic fireflies flitting about in the tranquil streamside of early summer. Discover the enchanting song "Fireflies Come. Enjoy the lyrics, Roman readings, English translations, and the world of the song that calls fireflies.
Summer

Mikan no hana saku oka – みかんの花咲く丘

"Mikan no hana ga saite iru" - Explore the fragrant 'Mikan no Hana Saku Oka'. Discover its lyrics, Roman readings, and English translations, about a hill where mandarin orange flowers bloom.
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