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The Rhine River

The Rhine River

The lyrics of this song are a translation by Kondo Sakufu of the German poet Heinrich Heine's poem Die Lorelei, which is a large outcropping of rock on the right bank of the River Rhine in the Rhine Gorge. The poem tells the story of a beautiful woman who sits at the top of the rock and sings as she combs her hair with a golden comb, unwittingly distracting sailors, who wreck their ships on the rocks.
The Lorelei is a popular destination for tourists even today.

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2018-10-1
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2018-9-21
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2018-8-13
Japanese Studies, Library of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich (Switzerland) has joined the Rekion partner libraries.
2018-3-16
Introductory Guides to Japanese Historical Recordings: "Recordings from the Kanazawa Phonograph Museum’s Collection" and "Jazz and the Japanese" are now available in English.