Dōki no Sakura

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"Dōki no Sakura" (同期の桜, Synchronized cherry blossoms) is a Japanese gunka (composition of military music) During the late stages of the Pacific War, it was sung throughout Japan.[citation needed] It compares cherry blossoms with the destiny of soldiers who graduated from a military academy.[1] The song was composed by Nōshō Ōmura [ja]. Although Yaso Saijō [ja] was thought to have written the original lyrics, he did not write the lyrics directly.[2]

Originally released as "Sen'yū no Uta" (戦友の唄, Song of comrades) in 1939, the third and fourth verses were not added along with the original first, second and fifth verses until around 1944.[3] In the revised version, the story of two kamikaze pilots was established. In the song, although a pilot dies, his bond with another surviving pilot remains strong.[4] Before their mission, kamikaze pilots would sing "Dōki no Sakura" together.[5][6]


  1. ^ Carrer, Stefano (2019-03-11). "Potere ai petali: il rito del ciliegio in fiore in Giappone" [Power to petals: the rite of cherry blossoms in Japan]. Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  2. ^ Haruna, Takeo (May 2018). "リレーエッセイ "研究者のつぶやき"" (PDF). Kyoto Tachibana University (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  3. ^ 早わかり介護なんでも解決事典 (in Japanese). 主婦の友社. 2015-03-09. p. 330. ISBN 9784072997956.
  4. ^ Craig, Timothy J.; King, Richard (2010-10-01). Global Goes Local: Popular Culture in Asia. UBC Press. p. 237. ISBN 9780774859790.
  5. ^ Standish, Isolde (2013-11-05). Myth and Masculinity in the Japanese Cinema: Towards a Political Reading of the Tragic Hero. Routledge. p. 68. ISBN 9781136837616.
  6. ^ Higgins, Adrian (2019-04-02). "Yoshinos aren't the only cherry out there. It's worth knowing, and growing, these others". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-05-17.