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Matsumae Okiageondo folk songs    

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The Okiageondo is a series of work songs sung by fishermen who are engaged in herring fishing. Each part of the fishing process has a song and these songs together are called the Okiageondo.
The well-known Soran-bushi is one of the Okiageondo songs, but as its lyrics are improvised, there are said to be numerous versions of it.
The Okiageondo songs are said to have arisen spontaneously among fishermen around the end of the Edo period (1603-1867), at a time before the use of fixed net fishing became common for herring fishing. They are powerful male choral works.

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