Kimie Fukuhara English Lyrics

Kimie Fukuhara Lyrics In English

Kimie Fukuhara is a Japanese singer, born in 1979 in Haneda, south of Tokyo. She is most well known for having had several of her songs featured in the Midnight Diner soundtrack.

I’ve also written about the Midnight Diner Opening Song Omoide here

Kimie Fukuhara Involvement in Midnight Diner

She became closely involved with the Midnight Diner program from 2011, after meeting director Joji Matsuoka at a friend’s party the year before. Many of the songs featured were about foods, to fit in with the food theme of the Tokyo Stories more generally. 

Food related songs used in Midnight Diner included: 

  • 「唐揚げ」Karaage Fried Chicken,
  • 「あさりの酒蒸し」Clams steamed in sake,
  • 「クリームシチュー」Cream Stew
  • 「紅天の女」(which is short for 「紅しょうがの天ぷら」) Tempura with beni shoga, red pickled ginger, woman.

In 2016, she discovered the lute and devoted herself to learning how to play it. 

She performs regularly at cafes and bars around Japan on Lute and other string instruments.

Fukuhara has a Youtube channel where since 2019 she has regularly performed her own songs as well as covers of well known songs, in particular anime songs.

Fukuhara is also friends with Suemarr who contributed the song 人生行きあたりばったり jinsei ikiataribattari. In fact, it was Fukuhara who first took a video on her iphone of Suemarr playing the song live and sent it to Midnight Diner’s production team.

Kimie Fukuhara Omoi Omoware lyrics (To Love and Be Loved) in English

福原希己江 想い想われ 歌詞 英訳

Gently fluttering down,

Where did those petals go?

Leaving a sweet scent

Living within you

On the other side of the narrow stream

Today, also, you smile

Without awareness of the years of age

Today, also, passes.

Gently, your face breaks into a smile

I can’t help but look, over and over

Searching out that sweet fragrance

That has taken up residence within me

Within the black darkness

Today, also, you are smiling

Without awareness of the years of age

Today, also, passes

Like the wind, like a flower

If I could have been by your side

Do not forget, do not forget, about me.


Kimie Fukuhara Omoi Omoware lyrics (To Love and Be Loved) in English & Japanese

はらはらと零れ落ちる

Gently fluttering down,

あの花びらはどこへ行ったの

Where did those petals go?

甘い香りを残して

Leaving a sweet scent

あなたの中に住み着いた

Living within you

薄い川の向こうで

On the other side of the narrow stream

あなたは今日も笑ってる

Today, also, you smile

ああ 歳のことには気づかずに

Without awareness of the years of age

今日も過ぎてゆく

Today, also, passes.

はらはらと綻ぶ笑顔

Gently, your face breaks into a smile

見てたくて繰り返してしまう

I can’t help but look, over and over

甘い香りを求めて

Searching out that sweet fragrance

わたしの中に住み着いた

That has taken up residence within me

黒い闇の中で

Within the black darkness

あなたは今日も笑ってる

Today, also, you are smiling

ああ 歳のことには気づかずに

Without awareness of the years of age

今日も過ぎてゆく

Today, also, passes

風のように 花のように

Like the wind, like a flower

あなたの傍にいれたなら

If I could have been by your side

忘れないで 忘れないで わたしを

Do not forget, do not forget, about me.You can find more information about the opening theme song of Midnight Diner here or the song by Magic Party used in the Midnight Diner here.

Who is behind this site?

I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1). I’ve written songs in Japanese and have released several albums through Tokyo label Majikick Records. You can hear my music at my bandcamp page:

ピータージョセフヘッドです。4年間京都市立芸大の大学院として日本に住み、6回日本で音楽ツアーをし、日本語能力試験で1級を取得しました。要するに日本好きです。

僕の音楽はBandcampで聞けます。

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