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First off, I want to say thanks to Jeremy and Yoshiko for translating the album name and track titles for the site. If it hadn’t been for those two love birds this post would have been labeled “Japanese Spaghetti Dinner”. The Koto and Shamisen, mixed with an accordion on the first track, evoked images of Yakuza and Mafiosos caught in a mortal struggle for the last piece of garlic bread during an ill-conceived dinner date.

According to Yoshiko the title of this album has a double meaning. “Ruten directly translated means “never ending change,” or something of that nature. In this case, though, it probably means a wandering musician who doesn’t have a particular destination.” Pretty nifty.

The rest of the album cover, mainly the track descriptions, uses pretty antiquated Japanese wordage and wasn’t translated. Maybe you happen to know early 21st century formal Japanese script really well and want to take a look. You can peep them here:

Front

Back

Koto Musicians

Sachiko Tanaka

Shigeru Kubo

Shamisen Musicians

Sadano Jyou

Jyou Ji

>>>Click here to download Ruten

Tracklist

1. Ruten

2. Street Corner In Shanghai

3. 13th Night Of Lunar Month

4. The Moon In Otone

5. Parting Vessel

6. News From Shanghai

7. Little Song Of Nozaki

8. Atami Blues

9. Green Horizon

10. Manchurian Girl

11. Tokyo Love Story

12. Meiji Woman