Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Galaxy (English Translation of Post on 7th Sep 2010)

Well, I have been writing about "Season of Cherry Blossoms","Shimmer of Heat" and "Reddish Yellow Osmanthus"...then, what's coming up next?

That's right!
Today, I will write on "Galaxy (Ginga)", which came to the last of the first four singles released in every season.

When talking about Galaxy, it always reminds me the story of "Night Train To Stars" written by Mr. Kenji Miyazawa, as being a big fan of his.

In the story, The Star Festival was held in the town and children walk around holding lanterns, made from snake gourds, in their hands.
Snake Gourd is a word that signals the autumn season.

By the way, this Star Festival is not related to "Tanabata Festival", which is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan.

"Galaxy", where the most part of the story takes a place, is also a word that signals the autumn season.

From the day of Rissyu till a day before Rittou (normally from 7th of August till 7th of November, every year) is categorized as so-called "Autumn" in Japan.
(This year in Japan, the weather stays ever so hot even in September, not sure if this is due to global warming or not...)

Giovanni and Campanella leave the town where people are making merry in the Star Festival, and get on a fantastic night train to go on a journey to stars.

This story is one of the most famous children's stories in Japan, so please have a look if you are interested in.

The English-translated version is also available
.Night Train To Stars (English Translated Version)

Let's go back to the topic of Galaxy.

People in old days thought that Milky Way looks the most beautiful and clear in autumn, but I totally agree with Mr. Shimura, who chose Galazy to signal the winter season, as knowing what it is like in Japan in modern days.

He's got a good sense of seasons!

The stars in the sky look most fabulous in winter time.
From my experience, air is cleaner, fresh and clear in winter compared to the other seasons.

Especially on the day after snows, Milky Way looks fantastic.

Snow flakes get rid of dust in the air, so air is clearer, and the snow on the ground absorbs sounds.
We feel chilled to the bone, but we also feel so nice to stand at unusual quiet place on such a day.

Now, look up the starlit sky!
How beautiful that is !
Please come to visit us in Yamanashi Prefecture to watch stars with your own eyes sometime!!

Let me, please, explain little bit more in detail as some parts of lyrics in Fujifabric's "Galaxy" are quite difficult for people in Tropical countries to understand.

"Looking down from the top of the hill     the two breathed out white breaths"
Because in Japan, the outside temperature is so cold in winter that breath becomes white mist when breathing out in the air.

This is more like steam from a kettle rather than smoke from a chimney.

By the way, to the Thai readers,
Ice and snow are completely two different things, and ice is not formed with snow.
Water, at the temperature under the 0C, becomes ice, so it does not matter if it snows or not.
Ice can be formed wherever water is!

"Sparkling sky"
In winter in Japan, a strong wind often blows.
Due to a strong wind up in the night sky, starts twinkle beautifully.

Masahiko Shimura was born and brought up in Fujiyoshida City, where Mt.Fuji is.
He had watched the beautiful starlit sky over Mt. Fuji since little.
He, himself, must have become the most beautiful shining star among all up in the high sky over Mt. Fuji.

Now, here it is.
Fujifabric's "Ginga" (Galaxy).

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