Lamp – Sachiko

さち子 (Sachiko)

The horizon and the sweet ocean breeze at summer’s end
Blowing through the girl’s hair that she’d only just cut short

Melancholy carried by a freight train running across the seashore
Tears hidden inside a seashell and the prologue to a kiss
A summer bluer than the sea…

Memories flowing from the car stereo
The sound of the waves and your singing

The great loneliness of a late-summer beach at dusk
Chasing after the shadow of her straw hat blown away by the wind

Running across the beach with her toenails painted red
Creating ripples in the water
The epilogue to a fairytale about a mermaid she’d nearly forgotten
A summer deeper than the sea…

Ah, resounding from the far corners of my memory
The sound of the waves and your singing

I always knew it would one day end like this
Our brief time together
Like a drop of foam fading into the bottom of the ocean

Even if you were a fish I would still find you
Endlessly I keep calling out your name
Where are you singing now?

Lamp – Symphony

シンフォニー (Symphony)

Shadows of the night strike against my window
Filling this city covered in stardust
To return by your side
I begin to doze off

Rainbow-colored neon lights, a town parade
Two people waiting for a love that would never return
As if in search for a continuation of their dream
They silently close their eyes

A pleasant dizziness
The lights shivering
I write down
The melody and its abstract lyrics I’d nearly forgotten

Shadows of the night strike against my window
Filling this city covered in stardust
In complete stillness
A single fragment of a solitary cloud separates from the rest

I sit down on a chair that feels like a memory
As I look up at the indigo blue sky through my fingers
A flower quietly swaying by the waterside
Suddenly blooms as if in a dream

Sounds of bossa nova leaking out
The distant roar of the sea
Ah, the night is so thick
It hides you within the seasons

A hundred miles of moonlight
Throw off the hands of my watch
“Nostalgia”

Vanishing like mist formed on the surface of a broken street light
You fade into the distance
As serenity piles up on my shoulders

KAN – Saint Petersburg

サンクト・ペテルブルグ ~ダジャレ男の悲しきひとり旅~
(Saint Petersburg ~The Sad Solo Adventure of a Man Who Loves Bad Puns~)

I think it was — let’s see — around 9 hours after departure from Narita
When I sleepily noticed from my window the faraway city glittering with lights

“Seeing it this clearly without any clouds or mist…
I’ve actually flown this route many times, but that is not something you see often.
It used to be called Leningrad…”

Ah, really? We’re flying over Finland?
No, Russia.
The stewardess smiled at me
Ah, such a pretty smile

This is how love stories begin
With meaningless, petty conversations like this

The sun sinks into the horizon and the sky turns dark
And if you were sitting beside me right now
I guess you’d be giving me a proper scolding

My final destination is Paris, by the way
That’s difficult to pronounce properly — “Paris”
I’m spending a week going around wine fields with a rental car

I speak in simple French to everyone I meet, time passes by slowly
Suddenly, I have to get back tomorrow, merci beaucoup
Ah, but I feel a little lonely beaucoup

Teary-eyed, I wave my hand vigorously
And before I notice it, I’ve lost the keys to my rental car
The children are laughing
Comment allez vous?

This is how love stories begin
When you’re just sitting around off-guard with your legs crossed
You don’t know what to do

Aren’t they pitiful, the skies so high?
If you were sitting beside me right now
I guess you’d be giving me another proper scolding

In the end, no matter which way you look at it
Everything I do is because I’m lonely without you
I loved you so much I could cry

If I could meet you just one more time
There are so many more things I would want to show you and talk to you about

I wonder if one day we’ll randomly bump into each other somewhere?
Perhaps I could actually be able to tell you a joke or three like nothing had changed

Or maybe you’d already be married to some elite businessman

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KAN – Iezu no I LOVE YOU

言えずのI LOVE YOU (The Words “I Love You” Left Unsaid)

I can’t sleep and I can’t eat
Because I’m so busy thinking about you
I think about you so much, I can’t make progress with anything
Today I came here to finally say how I feel about you
But this kind of seriousness doesn’t suit me; I can’t find the right timing
I want to be with you
If only I could play an introduction to my words
It would be so easy
I must tell you today

Uhh, so, listen…
How do I put this…
So, umm…
Well, you kind of know where I’m going with this, right?

So, uhh…
Just how long will it take
For me to be able to say the words “I love you“?

I don’t mean to make you laugh
But you laugh anyway
So I keep making jokes, never getting to the point
To you I’m someone very understanding
You think of me as a friend with whom you can share your worries
But that’s not good enough
“Hey, I love you”
I should just say it like it’s nothing special
I must tell you today, no matter what

So, umm…
Just how long will it take me?
I just can’t say it, but I love you

So, uhh…
Okay, I’m almost there
I can’t put it into words, but I love you

So, umm… I was born in Kyushu
So, uhh… My hobbies include walking
So, umm… What’s my point?
So, uhh… My schedule is open next week
So, umm… What I’m trying to say is…
So, uhh… I’m not good at skiing
So, umm…

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KAN – Kimi ga Suki Mune ga Itai

君が好き胸が痛い (I Love You So Much It Hurts)

Even after I spot you in the crowd of people
I still pretend like I don’t see you
I want to see you smile first
For no reason in particular

There are so many things I want to talk to you about
I don’t know where to start
In any case, I’m so glad I got to meet you
Even though you must be so busy

Ah, I love you so much it hurts
I want to be closer to you
I might be constantly joking around
But you don’t know
The crushing loneliness I feel

Walking with you in the evening
It feels awkward somehow
I have everything I want, for the most part
The only thing missing is you

Ah, I love you so much it hurts
I want to see you closer
I might be pretending to look cool as always
But you don’t know
I’m so lonely I could cry

Time in this city will undoubtedly keep passing
Everyone around us will keep getting older
But the one thing that won’t change
Is the fact that I’ll still love you
As I remain in place
Just marking time

Ah, I love you so much it hurts
In the end, it’s you I want to be with
I might be pretending to look cool as always
But I’m so lonely I could cry
Ah, you don’t know
Ah, you don’t yet know me

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