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Songs In Translation

Translations of Japanese Songs into English.

Midnight Diner Theme Song Omoide by Tsunekichi Suzuki Translated and Explained

A translation into English of the opening theme song from Midnight Diner Tokyo Stories (Shinya Shokudo) soundtrack, Omoide, by Tsunekichi Suzuki. I give a background on the songwriter, translate the lyrics, present the song in Japanese and English, and give a commentary on the translation.
But first thing’s first…

Translating Kiyoshiro Imawano’s Slow Ballad

https://youtu.be/iLRxSbiW0aIVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Translating Kiyoshiro Imawano's Slow Ballad Into English スローバラードを英語に訳す (https://youtu.be/iLRxSbiW0aI) Kiyoshiro Imawano, King of Japanese Rock Many musicians have been appointed as rulers of a given musical domain. Sinatra was the chairman, Elvis was the King, Bowie was the Duke, Springteen the boss, and there have been many …

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Imjin River by the Folk Crusaders In Japanese and English

https://youtu.be/nVoZI0a_Q1kVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: イムジン河 Imjin River – Fok Crusaders 英訳 translated into English (https://youtu.be/nVoZI0a_Q1k) Approx Japanese level  JLPT2, JLPT3 Themes Korea Japan & Korea   Text Type Lyrics, Songs In Translation Lyrics イムジン河水清く とうとうと流る水鳥自由にむらがり 飛び交うよ我が祖国南の地 想いははるかイムジン河水清く とうとうと流る 北の大地から 南の空へ飛び行く鳥よ 自由の使者よ誰が祖国を二つに 分けてしまったの誰が祖国を 分けてしまったの      イムジン河空遠く 虹よかかっておくれ河よ 想いを伝えておくれふるさとをいつまでも 忘れはしないイムジン河水清く とうとうと流る The imjin river flows so clear It flows so strong, it flows so deep …

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Japan’s Most Famous Anti-War Folk Song? Wataru Takada’s Jieitai Ni Hairo

You probably know something about the anti-war folk music of the United States in the 1960s. But do you know much about the parallel movements in Japan?
Today I’m taking a look at one of the most representative songs of the time, Wataru Takada’s 自衛隊に入ろう Jietai in hairou or, as I’ve translated it, “Why don’t you join the army?”

Ii Yu Da Na いい湯だな-英語訳-In English Translation

志村けんを追悼してドリフターズが「8時だよ全員集合」で歌っていた「いい湯だな」の英語版を作りました。歌詞とダウンロードがあります。In honour of the late Ken Shimura who recently died in the Covid-19 Pandemic. R.I.P. – everyone will gather at 8pm on the other side. Part of series “Songs In Translation”, a regular segment on the Melbourne’s Radio RRR Vital Bits.

Tenniscoats Korin in translation

 And musings on art, party tricks, volleyball, trains, rivers and nothingness in Japan Korin Lyrics by Takashi Ueno. Translation by Peter Joseph Head 光輪 あぁもう ぜんぶやめたいな ねぇいっしょに帰ろう 最終電車にのれば もうもとに戻れない すごい汚い川も 夜はきらきらしてる ねぇ このままずっと ねぇ時間がきても あぁもう すべてはきっと なんの価値もないんだよ Halo I, I wanna give it all up Let’s, let’s go home together If if we get on the last train …

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