I should consult readers before I post stories, because they have so much information to add.
After I wrote this story about Naotarō Moriyama's famous song Sakura, Cocomino reminded me that the young man's mother, Ryōko, is also a famous folk singer. Guess what? I found a beautiful video of mother and son performing the song together! I'll embed it.
Stardust also provided some very interesting information: the lyrics of two contemporary songs, Sakura by Moriyama and Sakura by Kobukuro, will be included in a new Japanese language textbook in high schools. They'll share that honour with waka poet Ono no Komachi, post-classical poet Akiko Yosano and contemporary poet Machi Tawara. As Stardust said, "Students will think about the cultural, aesthetic and emotional meaning of sakura in Japan’s historical context." (I wish I could live 10 000 years just so that I could read all the books I want to read. I agree with Jorge Luis Borges: I've always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.)
I've included Kobukuro's song Sakura. The music isn't nearly as touching as Moriyama's, I think, but it also has lovely lyrics. You can find the lyrics (kanji, romaji and English) at jpopasia.
One more! Here's Ryōko Moriyama with the famous Okinawa song さとうきび畑 (Satō Kibi Batake or Sugar Cane Fields), and with that I say goodbye, because I'm free this morning and I have to go cherry blossom hunting.