Suzhou Nocturne

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"Suzhou Nocturne"
Song by 李香蘭(Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
ReleasedJune 1940
GenrePop song
Songwriter(s)Lyricist: Yaso Saijyo
Composer: Ryoichi Hattori

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"Suzhou Nocturne" (蘇州夜曲/Soshu Yakyoku/Soshu Serenade) is a wartime(1940's) Japanese love song composed by Ryoichi Hattori (服部 良一)[1] with lyrics by poet Yaso Saijyo (西条 八十)[1]. Its lyrics set against the scenic eastern Chinese city of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province.

It was originally performed and made popular by Chinese-born Japanese singer-actress Yoshiko Yamaguchi (Shirley Yamaguchi / 李香蘭 / Li Xianglan) in the famous romantic movie "Shina no yoru"(China Nights/支那の夜|) released in June 1940.[1]

After the debut, the song and the movie became very popular in Japan and Japanese controlled Asian nations and regions.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "China's wartime history still haunts popular theme song". Asian Economic News. 1999-08-16. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  2. 『新映画』1941年1月号、p.138

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