Plastic Tree – Tetris

Plastic Tree – Tetris

Lyrics: Arimura Ryutaro

Music: Arimura Ryutaro

The screen, tetris, my anxiety falls, parts are scattered, I can’t clear it
Thoughts suffocating, dazzling prismatic colors, pessimistically in a reality save
Written music, tuning, the tuning fork rang, isolation, melody resonates
Lyricism, 7th (chord), in a vague chord, emotionless, mannequin, pupillary light reflex

When I see love, you are dream; when I consider love, you are the heart
When I play love, you are the piano; when love goes mad, who are you?
When I wear love, you are a lie; when I curse love, you are poison
When I question love, who is it for? Hey

Afterimage, back lighting, halo-effect, why can’t everything be photographed?
Tears, tears, spilling over, blooming with dignity, freesia*
Echo, angel, Hallelujah, properly reaching a boiling point
Crying, crying, torn to shreds, softly scattering, freesia*

Puzzle, failure, disordered boredom, falling, encouragement, a suddenly corrupted theory
Rejection, censored pixellation, flickering rainbow, dizziness, savage, a singing canary
Recollection, two-dimensional, even the line (of thought) is fragile, sobbing, sentiment, it’s gone wild
Acceleration, 9th (chord), in a suitable chord, anesthesia, transparency, conditioned reflexes

When love drops down, you are rain; when love is written out, you are a song
When love is laughed, you are a clown; when love loses its way, where are you?
When love falls down, you are a trap; when love takes a peek, you are hell
When love grows violent, who is it for? Hey

Chest remnant, delusions, aberration, blue bruises always hidden
Tears, tears, spilling over, blooming with dignity, freesia*
Dream remnant, flickering, illumination, we are undoubtedly missing something
Crying, crying, sworn**, softly scattering freesia*

Overflowing with petals of passion, a flower bud is conceived
Dignified anxiety becomes a dying whisper, extinguished in reminiscence
Tick-tock, tick-tock, the hands on the clock spin
An intermittent monologue
A whistling dry breeze
La li li, Lu la la, nonsensical
Peace

Afterimage, back lighting, halo-effect, why can’t everything be photographed?
Tears, tears, spilling over, blooming with dignity, freesia*
Echo, angel, Hallelujah, properly reaching a boiling point
Crying, crying, torn to shreds, softly scattering, freesia*

Scattering freesia, scattering freesia

Scattering freesia, scattering freesia

* Freesia’s meaning in flower language is innocence
**this word has connotations of marriage, and sharing a marriage bed, aka sex

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Plastic Tree – Shiroi Ashiato

White Footprints

Music: Hasegawa Tadashi

Lyrics: Hasegawa Tadashi

You, sighing at the window, the glass is fogged up
Cooly, only time flows in the room
A calm faced winter’s evening, white, gentle snow falls
Sadness has piled up in your beautiful heart

Since I am forgetting even the meaning of your heartbeat
I vaguely saw your lonely smile from the side

Though it’s a night with no moon, the light wont disappear, right
Wandering astray, deep in the forest, your footsteps are illuminated
A calm faced winter’s evening, white, gentle snow falls
As though forviging us, who knew too much

Were you to turn around, you wouldn’t see your footprints anymore, so
It seems we’ll disappear like this, not knowing our way back

Slipping your hands in your pockets, it’s warm
with the feeling wanting to go without changing a single thing

Since I am forgetting even the meaning of your heartbeat
I vaguely saw your lonely smile from the side
Were you to turn around, you wouldn’t see your footprints anymore, so
No turning back, we’ll disappear just like this

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I first translated this song eleven years ago. God, how things have changed. I have made a LOT of necessary corrections. Nothing is ever perfect, but at least it is no longer so glaringly bad.

HINTO – Super Spy

HINTO – Super Spy

Music: Abe Kousei

Lyrics: Abe Kousei

Passing through in secret for my sake, let’s slip through radar
Sensation somehow mixing in this smiling face
Though you have no reason to understand, disclosure

Closely counting the frequency of your winking, I’m intoxicated by your seductive techniques
Going under the breast, unnoticed as it is, forgiven invasion

You are a spy, you know, super spy
If you don’t want to say it, that’s fine, you said
You are a spy, you know, super spy, spy
You are a spy, you know, super spy
My overheard heart, you totally knew it
You are a spy, a superiorly excellent spy

In all honesty, your weakness, it’s fine if you don’t want to say it, secrets

Passing through in secret for my sake, let’s stick it through protection, password
Sensation somehow mixing in this word
Though you have no reason to understand, elucidation

You are a spy, you know, super spy
If you don’t want to say it, that’s fine, you said
You are a spy, you know, super spy, spy
You are a spy, you know, super spy
My overheard heart, you totally knew it
You are a spy, a superiorly excellent spy

Let’s put the true events on the shelf, just for tonight, please, and dance
Let’s dance with hidden love, beyond beautiful for eternity

HINTO – Nukiuchi Hanabi

HINTO – Fireworks Without Warning

Music: Abe Kousei

Lyrics: Abe Kousei

Playing with you at the beach on a deep black black night
We’ve gone back to being barefoot children
The waves wash away our murmured words
And we understood things that wont get through

Bright white white teeth exposed in your smile
We’ve gone back to being sometime beasts
The drunken lure of romance is involuntarily begun
Pretending not to notice as it swells

They bloomed without warning, the deep red fireworks burn
The two of us sent out cheers of joy
We’ll dance a dance at the water’s edge, to the very end
Dreams of summer reflected in the vanished fireworks

Even though it’s getting late, we play the whole summer’s night
As though we’re throwing a tantrum
The wind carries words stealthily murmured
And we pretended not to hear them at all

You cried without warning, and the mood stops
Our bodies become chilled
Far off, the festival music is blasting
Nervously, I need to say something

They bloomed without warning, the fireworks gave me a chance
And the two of us kissed
Hesitating just before our return “See you’s”

Dreams of summer reflected in the vanished fireworks

HINTO – Seasonal

HINTO – Seasonal

Music: HINTO

Lyrics: Abe Kousei
The status quo of my moods always goes bad
When I’m at my wits end
I don’t even know what day of the week today is, but
I’ve gone berserk in this fierce heat

My summer of gaudy indifference has come
This summer, for sure! This summer, surely, like that

Hey everyone, hey everyone, hey everyone, before long
It seems like a new season will begin
Meeting with someone, parting from someone
and over and over, changing little by little

A night that I vaguely forgot recollections of you
Who I spontaneously became estranged from
My drowsiness completely disappeared, but
The pouring rain at this time is nice

Not doing anything like that, my summer is passing by
Next year, for sure! Next year, surely, like that

Hey everyone, hey everyone, hey everyone, before long
It seems like we’ll say goodbye to a new season
laughing with someone crying with someone
and we’ll realize love and hate just a little

Hey everyone, hey everyone, hey everyone, before long
It seems like a new season will begin
Meeting with people, parting from people
and over and over, season
and over and over, season
and over and over
you changed just a little