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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Takahashi Yuichi – Aki


Autumn

Even now, I just can’t put that love behind me
Once more, I look back
Even now, I’m unable to forget about you and the sky that day
Once more, I remember

Driving along the side of the river after that gentle curve
A sudden, chilly gust of wind blew through the opened window

But while the love is now gone
I alone remain within that wind…

Even now, I just can’t put that love behind me
Once more, I look back
Even now, I’m unable to forget about you and the sky that day
Once more, I remember

We promised each other how one day we’d live by that lake
You were a bit younger — you were like a little sister to me

I look forward to it,” you said with a smile
So why…?

Even now, I just can’t forget about your kindness that day
Once more, I look back
Even now, I just can’t put that love behind me
Once more, I remember

“The dead leaves of the autumn sky feel unbearably sad to me”
You told me, with heartbreak on your face
Even now, I can’t forget the side of your face when you said it
It remains forever etched into my heart

Once more,
Looking up at the autumn sky, I reminisce upon your smile
As the cassette tape we listened to in the setting sun
Keeps repeating forever

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Takahashi Yuichi – Tahiti no Yoru

タヒチの夜
Night of Tahiti

Do you remember?
The two of us talking as we watched the sea

I said I’d take time off
And we’d visit that Southern island together

Neither of us ever thought
That would be the day we’d break up

Wind blowing against the evening sea
The lights of ships sailing in the horizon
They must’ve looked so beautiful

The waves breaking against the pier
Just the two of us in the night of Tahiti
My most vivid memory is never getting to go there with you

As the sandy beach becomes chilly
Even the waves start to sound lonely

If only I could’ve won you over that day
It would be the two of us here

Wind blowing against the evening sea
The lights of ships sailing in the horizon
They must’ve looked so beautiful

The waves breaking against the pier
Just the two of us in the night of Tahiti
My most vivid memory is never getting to go there with you

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Takahashi Yuichi – Bourbon

バーボン
Bourbon

Every single day, I work until the break of dawn
In this bar with bottles of Western liquor lined up side-by-side

Each time as I polish the dishes I swear to myself:
“I’ll drink as many of these guys as I possibly can”

One day, I’ll save up the cash and start my very own bar
My chance will surely come
Until then, I’ll save my strength

My dream will surely come true
That’s what I keep telling myself
I’ll believe only in myself and I’ll show them

On the rare day off, I bring over a nice girl
And take some liquor from the bar without their permission

Doesn’t matter what anyone says — bourbon is the best
I love this stuff more than anything else in the world

I’ve already decided long ago where I’m going to build my bar:
The best residential coast area of town — I couldn’t care less even if it gets covered in rust

My dream will surely come true
I keep picturing the moment
I’ll believe only in myself and I’ll show them

My dream will surely come true
That’s what I keep telling myself
I’ll believe only in myself and I’ll show them

My dream will surely come true
I keep picturing the moment
I’ll believe only in myself and I’ll show them

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