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The Song of Kusatsu

This is the traditional song of Kusatsu, and is an essential part of the bathing experience. It is in two parts - first the main lyrics (sung by one person only) and then chants which all bathers join in. These chants: Haadokkoisho, Korya, and Choina choina are traditional bathing chants and have no English equivalent, so they have not been translated.

The Japanese version is given first in Roman letters, an English translation follows.

Kusatsu yoi toko ichido wa oide - Haadokkoisho
Oyu no naka ni mo ichi - Korya
Hana ga saku yo - Choina choina

Kusatsu koishi to kaisan koete - Haadokkoisho
Ai ni kita ka yo - Korya
Yama tsubame yo - choina choina

Kusatsu yoi toko shirane no fumoto - Haadokkoisho
Atsusa shirane no - Korya
Kaze ga fuku yo - choina choina

Choina Choina wa doko kara hayaru - Haadokkoisho
Joshu Kusatsu no - Korya
Yumomi kara yo - choina choina

Oisha sama demo Kusatsu no yu demo - Haadokkoisho
Horetabyo wa - Korya
Naoryasenu yo - choina choina

Horetabyo mo naoseba naoru - haadokkoisho
Konoita okata to - korya
Soeya naoru yo - choina choina

Yumomi najimi ga Imose yama- Haadokkoisho
Matsu no ki no aida wo - Korya
Warabi gari yo - Choina Choina

Ashita wa otachi ka o Nagori oshiya - Haadokkoisho
Ame no tooka mo- Korya
Fureba yoi yo - Choina choina

Kusatsu yoi toko sato he no miyage Haadokkosho
Sode ni yu no hana no Korya
kaori ga nakoru yo choina choina

Wasureshansu na Kusatsu no michi wo Haadokkosho
Minami asama ni korya
Nishi Shirane yo - choina choina

Kusatsu koishi ya ano yukemuri ni Haadokkosho
Uita sugata ga korya
me ni nokoru yo choina choina

Saa sa minnasama no utaii nasare Haadokkosho
Kusatsu yu no machi Korya
Yume no machi yo choina choina

English
Kusatsu is a great place! You should come at least once Haadokkosho
Flowers blossom Korya
Even in the water Choina choina

Hey, Mountain swallows Haadokkosho
If you miss Kusatsu Korya
Do you cross the seas and mountains to see us? Choina choina

Kusatsu is a great place, at the foot of Mount Shirane - Haadokkosho
Do you know it? The cool mountain wind Korya
Blows right through the town Choina choina

Where did "choina choina" become famous from? Haadokkosho
It's from the yumomi Korya
At Kusatsu spring in Northern Japan Choina choina

Not even doctors, nor the water of Kusatsu Haadokkosho
Can cure the sickness you feel Korya
When you fall in love Choina choina

But if you can cure love sickness Haadokkosho
Then by being with the one you love Korya
Your sickness will also be cured Choina choina

If you know about yumomi come to Imoseyama Haadokkosho
We'll gather bracken Korya
From among the pine trees Choina choina

Tomorrow we'll be lonely when you leave Haadokkosho
And we wouldn't mind Korya
If it rains for ten days Choina choina

Kusatsu is a great place - take a souvenir home with you Haadokkosho
The scent of the yu no hana Korya
Will linger on your hems Choina choina

Don't forget the route to Kusatsu Haadokkosho
Asama is in the south Korya
Mount Shirane to the west Choina choina

When you miss Kusatsu, its steamy water Haadokkosho
Will linger in a floating vision Korya
Before your eyes Choina choina

So everyone, sing the song Haadokkosho
Kusatsu, hot spring town Korya
Is the town of your dreams Choina choina

These verses were all written by our customers. One particular customer, Mr Seichoku Hara, also made a scroll depicting "Bathing the Spirit to Expel Evil" and was one of our more representative customers of the time. The section "Not even doctorsc" and "But if you can cure lovesickness" was based on Mr. Hara's own experience of love in the middle Meiji period. The first verse, where his love was unrequited, and the next when his love was fulfilled, form a pair of verses that are particularly well known throughout Kusatsu.

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