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Utsusemi no koi
Ephemeral Midsummer Love

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Description: [Harukanaru Toki no Naka De] Tachibana no Tomomasa Song

sung by Inoue Kazuhiko

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んだ
さらさらとほどく
くはかなき 
つまさきがくしなり

った
えて。。。める。。。

ひとり くように
くてしいを める


ませば


のなき
この[いと]を。。。はじく。。。

 つように
そっとをよせたい しずく


ほとり くように
くてしいを める
[くれない]の うように
そっとめたい える

Footnotes:
* The dictionary definition of utsusemi is "(n) cicada, cast-off cicada shell,
man of this world, the real world", and it has an additional poetic-usage
connotation denoting late summer (Julyish). "Man of the world" does seem
plausible, because Tomomasa has a reputation as an indolent charmer, but I
think it's trying to imply "hollow love" / "husk of love" and "transient love"
as much as or more than the "worldly/hedonistic/citified" connotations of "man
of the world". Negitoro from the AnimeLyrics forum says that to him it feels
equivalent to hakanai. I can't get all that into one English line and still
have it sound coherent, so I went with "ephemeral midsummer love" to try to
imply the way that the sound of cicadas makes people feel...

** A kariginu is a type of clothing that Heian noblemen wore; the components
of it mean "hunter's silks", and I think the image is of the hunter becoming
prey, being skinned like that which he hunts, so I didn't want to leave it
untranslated the way I might have despite the fact that it has a specific (and
somewhat untranslatable without a picture) definition as a unit of clothing.

***literally bridge rather than arch, and marks left by fingernails, but I
thought that condensing to "arch of nail-marks" sounded better than trying to
get all that into one sentence. Also, it's grammatically fuzzy what the image
of the curtain of the night was tied to; I also considered giving it as "if,
beneath the curtain of night, you are wakened by the distant thunder..."

**** the word is being pronounced in a way that just means "strings," but the
kanji written indicate koto (Japanese harp-like instrument) strings. In
English "the harp of my heart" sounds more natural than "the koto of my
heart," I think.

Contributed by Risu-chan <risu_chan@hotmail.com>



Kanji information is from the KANJIDIC dictionary database.


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Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:8
Readings: ショウ; よい
Meanings: wee hours; evening; early night;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:3
Readings: タイ; まつ; まち; まち; まつ
Meanings: wait; depend on;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:3
Readings: シン; ジン; かみ; かん; こう; か; かぐ; かな; かも; くま; こ; こは; だま; み
Meanings: gods; mind; soul;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:5
Readings: リュウ; ル; とめる; とまる; とどめる; とどまる; るうぶる; とめ
Meanings: detain; fasten; halt; stop;
Kanji Information
Strokes:6
Grade:3
Readings: シュ; ス; まもる; まもり; もり; もり; かみ; う; し; も; て
Meanings: guard; protect; defend; obey;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:8
Readings: ニン; しのぶ; しのばせる; おし
Meanings: endure; bear; put up with; conceal; secrete; spy; sneak;
Kanji Information
Strokes:11
Grade:3
Readings: ブ; べ; とり; ふ; ぺ; ま
Meanings: section; bureau; dept; class; copy; part; portion; counter for copies of a newspaper or magazine;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:3
Readings: オク; や; た
Meanings: roof; house; shop; dealer; seller;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:4
Readings: タイ; おびる; おび; たて
Meanings: sash; belt; obi; zone; region;
Kanji Information
Strokes:14
Grade:9
Readings: ル; リュウ; るり
Meanings: lapis lazuli;
Kanji Information
Strokes:14
Grade:9
Readings: リ; あき
Meanings: glassy; lapis lazuli;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:8
Readings: レン; こう; こい; こいしい
Meanings: romance; in love; yearn for; miss; darling;
Kanji Information
Strokes:4
Grade:1
Readings: ブン; モン; ふみ; あや; かざり; ふ; も; ; ぶんにょう
Meanings: sentence; literature; style; art; decoration; figures; plan;
Kanji Information
Strokes:17
Readings: アン; オン; やみ; くらい
Meanings: get dark; gloom; disorder;
Kanji Information
Strokes:15
Grade:8
Readings: ブ; まう; まう; まい
Meanings: dance; flit; circle; wheel;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:3
Readings: シ; ゆび; さす; さし; い; いぶ; さし; さす
Meanings: finger; point to; indicate; put into; play (chess); measure (ruler);
Kanji Information
Strokes:5
Grade:1
Readings: ハク; ビャク; しろ; しら; しろい; あき; か; はっ
Meanings: white;
Kanji Information
Strokes:15
Grade:9
Readings: チョウ
Meanings: butterfly;
Kanji Information
Strokes:11
Grade:2
Readings: サイ; ほそい; ほそる; こまか; こまかい
Meanings: dainty; get thin; taper; slender; narrow;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:2
Readings: シュン; はる; あずま; かす; すの; ひ; わら
Meanings: springtime; spring (season);
Kanji Information
Strokes:3
Grade:1
Readings: サン; ゾウ; み; みつ; みっつ; か; さ; さい; さえ; さぶ; ざ; ざえ; ざぶ; そう; ぞ; ただ; みつ; みん; も; や
Meanings: three;
Kanji Information
Strokes:4
Grade:1
Readings: ニチ; ジツ; ひ; び; か; あ; あき; いる; く; くさ; こう; す; たち; に; にっ; につ; へ
Meanings: day; sun; Japan; counter for days;
Kanji Information
Strokes:4
Grade:1
Readings: ゲツ; ガツ; つき; おと; がっ; す; ずき; もり
Meanings: month; moon;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:8
Readings: ショウ; とこ; ゆか
Meanings: bed; counter for beds; floor; padding; tatami;
Kanji Information
Strokes:12
Grade:4
Readings: サン; ちる; ちらす; ちらす; ちらかす; ちらかる; ばら; ちる
Meanings: scatter; disperse; spend; squander;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:8
Readings: シュ; かる; かり; がり; かり
Meanings: hunt; raid; gather;
Kanji Information
Strokes:6
Grade:4
Readings: イ; エ; ころも; きぬ; ぎ
Meanings: garment; clothes; dressing;
Kanji Information
Strokes:11
Grade:8
Readings: ダツ; ぬぐ; ぬげる
Meanings: undress; removing; escape from; get rid of; be left out; take off;
Kanji Information
Strokes:11
Grade:8
Readings: カク; コク; バイ; から; がら
Meanings: husk; nut shell;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:1
Readings: ケン; みる; みえる; みせる
Meanings: see; hopes; chances; idea; opinion; look at; visible;
Kanji Information
Strokes:16
Readings: セイ; さます; さめる
Meanings: awake; be disillusioned; sober up;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:8
Readings: シン; ねる; ねかす; いぬ; みたまや; やめる
Meanings: lie down; sleep; rest; bed; remain unsold;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:5
Readings: ム; ボウ; ゆめ; ゆめみる; くらい
Meanings: ウ ゆめ ゆめ.みる くら.い {dream; vision; illusion;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:9
Readings: コウ; にじ
Meanings: rainbow;
Kanji Information
Strokes:8
Grade:8
Readings: ホウ; だく; いだく; かかえる; たば
Meanings: embrace; hug; hold in arms;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:2
Readings: エン; オン; とおい; お; おに; ど; どお
Meanings: distant; far;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:3
Readings: ビ; ミ; うつくしい; はる; よし; よしみ; り
Meanings: beauty; beautiful;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:3
Readings: クン; きみ; ぎみ; み
Meanings: old boy; name-suffix;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:6
Readings: キョウ; むね; むな
Meanings: bosom; breast; chest; heart; feelings;
Kanji Information
Strokes:11
Grade:6
Readings: ヘイ; とじる; とざす; しめる; しまる; たてる; へ
Meanings: closed; shut;
Kanji Information
Strokes:5
Grade:8
Readings: こむ; こむ; こみ; こみ; こめる; こみ; ごめ
Meanings: crowded; mixture; in bulk; included; (kokuji);
Kanji Information
Strokes:8
Grade:1
Readings: クウ; そら; あく; あき; あける; から; すく; すかす; むなしい; うつ; き; く
Meanings: empty; sky; void; vacant; vacuum;
Kanji Information
Strokes:15
Readings: セン; ゼン; せみ
Meanings: cicada;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:8
Readings: レン; こう; こい; こいしい
Meanings: romance; in love; yearn for; miss; darling;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:2
Readings: エン; オン; とおい; お; おに; ど; どお
Meanings: distant; far;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:8
Readings: ライ; かみなり; いかずち
Meanings: thunder; lightening bolt;
Kanji Information
Strokes:5
Grade:1
Readings: モク; ボク; め; め; ま; さかん; さがん; さっか; さつか
Meanings: ク め -め ま- さかん さがん さっか さつか {eye; class; look; insight; experience; care; favor;
Kanji Information
Strokes:12
Grade:4
Readings: カク; おぼえる; さます; さめる; さとる
Meanings: memorize; learn; remember; awake; sober up;
Kanji Information
Strokes:8
Grade:2
Readings: ヤ; よ; よる
Meanings: night; evening;
Kanji Information
Strokes:11
Grade:3
Readings: チョウ; とばり
Meanings: notebook; account book; album;
Kanji Information
Strokes:4
Readings: ソウ; つめ; つま
Meanings: claw; nail; talon;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:8
Readings: セキ; あと
Meanings: tracks; mark; print; impression;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:1
Readings: セキ; シャク; あか; あか; あかい; あからむ; あからめる; あ; あこ; あま
Meanings: red;
Kanji Information
Strokes:16
Grade:3
Readings: キョウ; はし; ばせ
Meanings: bridge;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:2
Readings: フウ; フ; かぜ; かざ; かぜ; い; え
Meanings: wind; air; style; manner;
Kanji Information
Strokes:12
Grade:8
Readings: ト; わたる; わたる; わたす; お; たり; わたな; わたら; わたり
Meanings: transit; ford; ferry; cross; import; deliver; diameter; migrate;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:5
Readings: ザイ; つみ
Meanings: guilt; sin; crime; fault; blame; offense;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:3
Readings: クン; きみ; ぎみ; み
Meanings: old boy; name-suffix;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:8
Readings: ビ; かすか; み
Meanings: delicate; minuteness; insignificance;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:4
Readings: ショウ; わらう; えむ; えみ
Meanings: laugh;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:6
Readings: キョウ; むね; むな
Meanings: bosom; breast; chest; heart; feelings;
Kanji Information
Strokes:12
Grade:8
Readings: キン; こと
Meanings: harp; koto;
Kanji Information
Strokes:15
Grade:2
Readings: セン; すじ
Meanings: line; track;
Kanji Information
Strokes:4
Grade:1
Readings: ゴ; いつ; いつつ; い; さ; さつ; ち; ふ; み; め
Meanings: five;
Kanji Information
Strokes:4
Grade:1
Readings: ゲツ; ガツ; つき; おと; がっ; す; ずき; もり
Meanings: month; moon;
Kanji Information
Strokes:8
Grade:1
Readings: ウ; あめ; あま; さめ
Meanings: rain;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:5
Readings: ム; ボウ; ゆめ; ゆめみる; くらい
Meanings: ウ ゆめ ゆめ.みる くら.い {dream; vision; illusion;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:9
Readings: コウ; にじ
Meanings: rainbow;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:3
Readings: タイ; まつ; まち; まち; まつ
Meanings: wait; depend on;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:8
Readings: シン; くちびる
Meanings: lips;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:3
Readings: クン; きみ; ぎみ; み
Meanings: old boy; name-suffix;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:1
Readings: カ; ケ; はな; わ
Meanings: flower;
Kanji Information
Strokes:8
Readings: セチ; セツ; サツ
Meanings: temple;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:9
Readings: ナ; ダ; なに; なんぞ; いかん; とも; やす
Meanings: what?;
Kanji Information
Strokes:5
Grade:5
Readings: エイ; ながい; え; と; のり; ひさ; ひさし
Meanings: eternity; long; lengthy;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:2
Readings: エン; オン; とおい; お; おに; ど; どお
Meanings: distant; far;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:8
Readings: シン; ねる; ねかす; いぬ; みたまや; やめる
Meanings: lie down; sleep; rest; bed; remain unsold;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:5
Readings: ム; ボウ; ゆめ; ゆめみる; くらい
Meanings: ウ ゆめ ゆめ.みる くら.い {dream; vision; illusion;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:9
Readings: コウ; にじ
Meanings: rainbow;
Kanji Information
Strokes:8
Grade:8
Readings: ホウ; だく; いだく; かかえる; たば
Meanings: embrace; hug; hold in arms;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:2
Readings: エン; オン; とおい; お; おに; ど; どお
Meanings: distant; far;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:3
Readings: ビ; ミ; うつくしい; はる; よし; よしみ; り
Meanings: beauty; beautiful;
Kanji Information
Strokes:7
Grade:3
Readings: クン; きみ; ぎみ; み
Meanings: old boy; name-suffix;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:6
Readings: キョウ; むね; むな
Meanings: bosom; breast; chest; heart; feelings;
Kanji Information
Strokes:11
Grade:6
Readings: ヘイ; とじる; とざす; しめる; しまる; たてる; へ
Meanings: closed; shut;
Kanji Information
Strokes:5
Grade:8
Readings: こむ; こむ; こみ; こみ; こめる; こみ; ごめ
Meanings: crowded; mixture; in bulk; included; (kokuji);
Kanji Information
Strokes:14
Grade:9
Readings: ヒ; あけ; あか
Meanings: scarlet; cardinal;
Kanji Information
Strokes:6
Grade:2
Readings: ショク; シキ; いろ; しか; しこ
Meanings: color;
Kanji Information
Strokes:13
Grade:5
Readings: ム; ボウ; ゆめ; ゆめみる; くらい
Meanings: ウ ゆめ ゆめ.みる くら.い {dream; vision; illusion;
Kanji Information
Strokes:9
Grade:9
Readings: コウ; にじ
Meanings: rainbow;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:8
Readings: レン; こう; こい; こいしい
Meanings: romance; in love; yearn for; miss; darling;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:8
Readings: シン; くちびる
Meanings: lips;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:8
Readings: マイ; うめる; うまる; うもれる; うずめる; うずまる; いける
Meanings: bury; be filled up; embedded;
Kanji Information
Strokes:15
Grade:4
Readings: ネツ; あつい; あた
Meanings: heat; temperature; fever; mania; passion;
Kanji Information
Strokes:16
Grade:5
Readings: ネン; もえる; もやす; もす
Meanings: burn; blaze; glow;
Kanji Information
Strokes:12
Readings: キョク; いばら; とげ
Meanings: thorn; splinter; spine; biting words; briers;
Kanji Information
Strokes:8
Grade:1
Readings: クウ; そら; あく; あき; あける; から; すく; すかす; むなしい; うつ; き; く
Meanings: empty; sky; void; vacant; vacuum;
Kanji Information
Strokes:15
Readings: セン; ゼン; せみ
Meanings: cicada;
Kanji Information
Strokes:10
Grade:8
Readings: レン; こう; こい; こいしい
Meanings: romance; in love; yearn for; miss; darling;