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Otemoyan

from Songs of my land by Chiyomi Yamada

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Otemoyan
(Kumamoto prefecture)

A man and a woman wearing masks dance and sing in Kumamoto dialect:
“Otemo-san, you got married recently, didn't you?” “I did, but my husband is ugly, so we haven't celebrated yet.”

This whimsical love song could potentially conceal the myth of the union between the Yayoi people from the continent and the indigenous Jomon people, symbolizing the very foundation of the Japanese nation.

lyrics

おてもやん (熊本)

おてもやん あんたこの頃 
嫁入りしたではないかいな
嫁入りしたこつァ したばってん
御亭どんがぐじゃっぺだるけん 
まあだ盃ァせんだった
村役 鳶役 肝入りドン
あん人たちの 居らすけんで 
後はどうなと きゃァなろたい
川端町つァんきゃァめぐろ
春日南瓜どん達ゃァ 
尻ひっぴゃァて 花ざかり花ざかり
チイチクチイチクヒバリの子 
ゲンバクナスビノイガイガドン

一つ山超え、もう一つ山超え、あの山超えて
わたしゃあんたに惚れとるバイ 
惚れとるばってん言われんたい
追々彼岸も近まれば 
若者衆も寄らすけん
熊本の夜聴聞詣りに 
ゆるゆる話もきゃァしゅうたい
男振りには 惚れんばな 
煙草入れの 銀金具が 
それがそもそも 因縁たい
アカチャカ ベッチャカ チャカチャカ チャー

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from Songs of my land, released March 1, 2024

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Chiyomi Yamada Kumamoto, Japan

Singer of European Ancient Music and Japanese Traditional Folklore.
Traveller between musical worlds and ages searching for the eternal link between music and the human soul.
mail@chiyomiyamada.com
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