It's cherry blossom season here in the US (Northeast). So here's a Japanese folk song, Sakura, Sakura (Cherry Blossoms, Cherry Blossoms) you can play to celebrate this beautiful time of spring. I sang this song a few years ago with Cantigas, the women's choir I belong to. We were accompanied by a traditional Japanese string instrument called a koto. It seemed like a perfect song for the uke and I found lots of versions online and in songbooks.
I like this simple arrangement by Joseph Todaro and I've adapted it a bit for myself (see tab below). The x's are strings that you shouldn't play. I just strum down or pluck the string with the thumb on my right hand. It's very easy. You can try his version of Sakura as well, available on his website Aukulele.
This is a good song to play whenever someone says the clichéd, "Oh, I love the ukulele because it's such a happy instrument!" This isn't a sad song exactly. But it captures the feeling of the cherry blossoms--they are so beautiful but before you know it, they're gone.
Playing fingerstyle ukulele, with information about the songs and where to find the ukulele tablature so that you can play these songs yourself.