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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Japanese Songs, Anyone? on 04/07/2010 00:47:29 MDT Print View

HERE is another one I like. This one started life as a Chinese song actually -- but the Japanese rendition is equally good. If anyone can translate the lyrics, I will be grateful.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: on 04/07/2010 02:39:35 MDT Print View

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Edited by butuki on 04/07/2010 02:40:45 MDT.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re on 04/07/2010 02:39:35 MDT Print View

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Edited by butuki on 04/07/2010 02:41:15 MDT.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re on 04/07/2010 02:39:36 MDT Print View

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Edited by butuki on 04/07/2010 02:41:51 MDT.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Japanese Songs, Anyone? on 04/07/2010 02:39:36 MDT Print View

Seems you are full of nostalgia, Ben. Getting up there in age? ;-P

The song, it seems, was originally Chinese, and the Japanese lyrics written by one of Japan's most famous singer/ songwriters, Masashi Sada (a lot of whose work I really love... his lyrics are masterful and hard to translate because of the subtleties of his vocabulary)

Here's the translation:

When your letter crossed the mountain pass and reached my home
The rice ears were billowing in the south wind.
And your homeland was dyed in amber
("kogane" (黄金) the color of ripe rice and impossible to translate into English... it's "greener" than the gold of ripe wheat or barley)

A lone waterwheel is quietly marking time down by the banks of the river.
A cart is silhouetted within the wild-cherry-colored sunset.

Nothing has changed besides the birth of a calf
But during the days of waiting for you
For fun I learned how to knit.

Edited by butuki on 04/07/2010 02:42:30 MDT.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Japanese Songs, Anyone? on 04/07/2010 02:43:05 MDT Print View

Sorry about the quadruple posting... the BPL server is acting really weird.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Japanese Songs, Anyone? on 04/07/2010 10:28:33 MDT Print View

Hi Miguel:

Thanks for translating. Was this song popular back in the '70s -- or was it an obscure song that I managed to dig up?

黄金 means gold in Chinese.