Minamoto no Yoshitsune was on his way to Oshu when he fell in love with Jorurihime, a princess from Yahagi of Mikawa no Kuni.As Yoshitsune was in the midst of his journey, he went on his way after parting with the princess. However, he fell seriously ill at Kambarajuku subsequently and his body was abandoned along the beach.After learning of Yoshitsune’s predicament, Jorurihime arrived at the beach and embraced Yoshitsune’s corpse. She broke into tears and prayed for the revival of her lover. Her prayers moved the gods and Yoshitsune was revived, but he parted ways with the princess tearfully and set out on his journey once again.The princess who had promised Yoshitsune that they would meet again then received news that Yoshitsune had been defeated at Hiraizumi and she immediately set out for Mutsu. This allowed her to finally meet Yoshitsune once again, but their joy was shortlived. It was said that the princess fell sick due to exhaustion from her long journey, and eventually breathed her last.Yoshitsune was struck by sadness and traveled through the Tsugaru Peninsula and eventually to Ezo while keeping the princess in his heart.
It is said that this tale of Jorurihime forms an important part of the above legend of Yoshitsune’s Northern Route, which has also been featured at the Aomori Nebuta Festival.
As these legends set in Aomori have been passed down along with the sounds of the Tsugarujamisen, the composition of this piece was inspired by Yoshitsune’s epic legend and his heartbreaking love story with Jorurihime and incorporates the Nebuta scale as well as elements of the Tsugarujamisen.
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