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The first verse of Wakare no Ipponsugi

The first verse

This is a great hit song composed by Toru Funamura who died at the age of 84 on February 16 this year. He was 23 years old when he composed this song. The lyrics of this song with a tango-like rhythm were written by Kimio Takano (1930-1956), a close friend of Funamura. Funamura said that his days with Takano who died at a young age were recalled as "his starting point". Rekion has four other songs Funamura wrote in combination with Takano.



Introductory Guides to Japanese Historical Recordings: "78 rpm Records of Storytelling Performances" and "The Record in Politics and War" are now available in English.


Approximately 650 sound recordings (→List[XLSX]) are newly available online.
See also National Diet Library News


Introductory Guide to Japanese Historical Recordings: "Listening" Drama is now available in English.


The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library has joined the Rekion partner libraries since May 10th, 2016.