Thursday, 14 April 2011

Sakura No Kisetsu (English translation of the post on 7th)


The cherry trees all over Japan burst into bloom. Everywhere we look in the town, there are petals in elegant, subtle shades of cherry blossom pink. They scatter in the wind to create a dreamy atmosphere.
In my home town, Yanamashi prefecture, wild cherry trees burst into bloom in the mountains, and the pink colour looks swelling up among 'green' of evergreen trees and 'brown' of deciduous trees.  At the same time, peach blossoms come into bloom, and the town looks gorgeous pink in light and shade.

Japanese people waited for the spring for a long time, especially in the area where it snowed heavily and chilled in a nasty cold weather.
I really wish cherry blossoms in the town where earthquakes and Tsunami hit comfort peoples heart.


Today's topic is 'Sakura No Kisetsu', again.

Suffering from a broken heart, death of someone close, an encounter with someone is a good chance of making music, Shimura kun said. This had been the constant principle of writing music to a song.
Being alone stimulates feelings of loneliness, but, at the same time, it is men's aesthetics.
However, if you have really become comfortable staying alone, you would settle down without feeling of unquenchable thirst, which promote a desire of making music.
In other words, it was Shimura kun's unique philosophy that the feeling of 'want someone to notice what I think' is essential to create music.


In 'Sakura No Kisetsu', the feeling is expressed through tow mediums - cherry blossoms and a letter.

I found an article in a music magazine, 'Ongaku To Hito' (Music and People) issued in May 2005, on an episode of Shimura kun.
Nowadays, sending an e-mail of SMS is common for young people, so we do not have much chance to write a letter to each other. That's why when we receive a letter, it is breathtaking in fact. He tried to express this type of breathtaking feeling in the song.
Shimura kun, himself, often received letters in Tokyo from his mum from Fujiyoshida City, according to the interview, so the incidents might have inspired him to write this song.

When the interviewer told Shimura kun to write back to his mum, he said, "Of course, not! Feeling so shy...".
Hand written letters bring something more - you might call it 'love' - compared to e-mails and SMS.

'I' read over and over the letter, and at the end, I did not send it. Writing a letter, and that's the end.
Loneliness is well expressed there.

Please feel the spring in Fujiyoshida.
'Sakura No Kisetsu' by Fujifabric.

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