Elizabeth Mitchell performs "Ooki Na Kuri No Ki No Shita De (Under the Big Chestnut Tree)" at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, NY on July 10th 2010.
Joining her on stage is her husband Daniel Littleton, the Sound Wave Sisters including their Daughter Storey Littleton, and the Lovely Ladies. Elizabeth Mitchell has released two albums with Smithsonian Folkways including the 2006 album "You Are My Little Bird" and the 2010 album "Sunny Day".
The song "Ooki Na Kuri No Ki No Shita De (Under the Big Chestnut Tree)" is the fourth track on the album "Sunny Day". In the liner notes (available for free download at folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3289) Elizabeth Mitchell writes about the song, "In the fall of 2008 our family traveled throughout the wondrous country of Japan on tour with our band Ida. Our friend Mimi came over before we left to help us learn some Japanese. She taught us this song that day, and we fell in love with it! On one of our many rides on the Shinkansen—the bullet train—we saw two little girls about Storey's age singing this song and doing the hand movements that accompany it."
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