Idols Got Talent: 969 Gets in on ‘Senbonzakura’ and It Rocks

You don’t need to spend too much time around Japanese music to hear this song. And hear it. And hear it. “Senbonzakura” (“Thousands of Cherry Trees”) is a modern classic that sounds a lot older than it is*, a contemporary twist on neo-traditional sounds to create something beautiful. Wagakki Band’s version, for instance, is particularly cool.

In this case, 969’s band (aptly named the 969 Band) and idol member Hinata Haruka teamed up — with Haruka on recorder — to create this nicely punked-up version of the song:

Never forget: 969 is cool as hell.

*I didn’t even realize it was a contemporary piece until trying to track down its origin while writing this and found that it’s from an anime; this blog post has a lot of details on its romantic nationalist lyrics, which suddenly puts the song into a much bigger context than “oh neat it sounds like Japan.”

3 thoughts on “Idols Got Talent: 969 Gets in on ‘Senbonzakura’ and It Rocks

  1. Yes, the song is as contemporary as can be as it was originally released being sung by a vocaloid. Lyrically, it’s politely nationalistic inferring that the West looks down on Japan from a guillotine and calls westernization a banquet in a jail cell.

    Its an awesome song, and a very popular tune. 🙂

    Here’s Miku’s version with translation: https://youtu.be/U0gAwCFHdEA

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