Esashi Oiwake co-star collection LP – Various Artists (1970)
Esashi oiwake（江差追分, “Esashi crossroads”) is a folk song from the island of Hokkaido. It started in the town of Esashi in Hiyama Subprefecture. The song consists of three sections, Mae-uta (beginning), Hon-uta (main part or original song) and Ato-uta (final).
The Japanese Shakuhachi flute accompanies the singing, which has a free rhythm rather than a mechanical, fitted meter. In Esashi, the song was originally just called Oiwake Bushi (bushi = melody, song), but the song was so popular with visitors that the prefix ‘Esashi’ was added as part of the town’s efforts to reinvent itself as a tourism destination at the end of the 19th century.
VG+(+) record (light scuffs and some background noise). EX- cardboard gatefold sleeve. No obi.