Kaede – Sepiairo no Kugatsu

セピア色の九月
Sepia September

Summer ends as though nothing had happened
Opening the window, watching the clear skies

It passed, never once looking back
Leaving only the swimsuit lines on my suntanned skin

My tears blur into sepia
Sweet, slightly languid September

Surely I’ll see the blue coastline again
Thinking that, I feel better

Autumn begins and as though nothing had happened
A trench coat envelops my dress

So now within this ambiguous season
I want to be alone, as if I was on a journey by myself

My tears are sepia-colored syrup
Sweet, slightly bitter memories

The blue coastline so far away, a summer forever gone
Thinking that, I feel lonely

I cried — In September
I cried — Sepia tears

Lamp – Tsumetai Yoru no Hikari

冷たい夜の光
Cold Night Light

A conversation-less passenger car headed nowhere
Memories of days past hang in the air like feathers
It’s just as always, this enveloping world
Stealing up on me without a word or sound

Suspended neon signs; a lie by the window
Holding my breath at the bottom of the universe

I have heard the sound of unending sorrow
The gentle embrace of this cold night light is all I need
Who would think of this town as it floats past unnoticed
Illuminated only by the cold night light?

Coffee stains remain on the letter
With words left unsaid, simply abandoned
Is it the same as always, the life you’re living?
A gentle kiss before drifting off to sleep

A winter illusion of a distant spring
Now-forgotten songs of days gone by

An unending silence fills the sky
My heart shaken by the cold night light
Quietly take with you these rusted feelings
Oh, cold night light, just like this…

Alone, humming an endless song of youth
Singing it to the cold night light for all eternity
Smells in the wind of this unknown land reminding me of times past

Shin Rizumu – Houninshugi

放人主義
Leave-Alone-Ism

Rainy day, the establishment’s full of people
Every one of them thinking only about themselves

Look at those people fighting over a chair
And they call themselves adults?

People who know no shame — leave them be
Play it cool, keep calm

Irritating day, the table’s all wobbly
Stomach feels like it’s going to explode

Look at those children not behaving themselves
Should I shout at them?

People ignorant to the ways of the world — tell them off
Be stern, without reserve

Everyone around staring
Their cold gazes piercing me

People who know no shame — leave them be
Play it cool, keep calm

Everyone in society — leave them be
Be free, never mind them

Minamino Yoko – Harugeshiki

春景色
Scenes of Spring

Waiting for you on the platform, I can see the distant ocean
I’m enticed by a tranquil spring breeze on the Kobe Line
In your navy blue collared jacket, you look a little shy
It’s making me nervous — you’re usually so brazen

Sounds of the train; hurried confusion
Guess we got a bit carried away,” you say
Me not answering, you worriedly glance at me

After the graduation ceremony, once spring break ends
From April, I’ll be a year above you
It’s not that I’m angry, me falling silent like this
I was only thinking about the passing of the seasons

Going up the hill and looking down, see the reflections of those ships?
This town, always enveloping me in its kind embrace
Even as we eat our gelatos you still seem down
You’re thinking, “she just doesn’t like me”
Being the fool that you are

“Island Cafe”
That starry highway
The party we had together
It’s not like the memories are just going to disappear

Saying goodbye to my school uniform, I’ll get off at a different train station
From April, I’ll be a year above you
One of these days it might not be like this anymore
But for now I just want to be spoiled by this gentle sunlight

It’s not that I’m angry, me falling silent like this
I was only thinking about the passing of the seasons

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Takahashi Yuichi – Tsuishin

追伸
Postscript

Even if I had been able to be kind to you that day
How much longer would the two of us have lasted?

Call me sometime,” you said with a smile
As I saw you off, unable to say a word

And yet
Every time I walk this road
It feels like I might meet you again

Like a day repeating forever, I keep reliving the night
When I thought I could love you

Even now, my heart aches when I remember
How I chose on purpose to hurt you

Hearing you say goodbye to me that day
Honestly, a tiny part of me actually felt relieved

And yet
Each time I walk these streets
I’m searching for any traces of you

Like a day repeating forever, it wasn’t a lie
When I thought I could love you

Like a day repeating forever, I keep reliving the night
When I thought I could love you

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