BEGIN – the island sounds from Okinawa

27 04 2010

I seldom listen to Japanese songs but there is one band I have always liked and listen to.

They are called BEGIN and hails from Okinawa. Some of their songs have been covered by singers like 梁靜茹 (Fish Leong), but other than that, they are not widely known outside Japan. BEGIN uses an instrument called 三線 (Sanshin) that is native to Okinawa that makes the most beautiful sound, it’s strange but the “twang” from the instrument is so right for their songs. Their songs are very different from the J-Pop tunes that are out there. You will get what I mean, just listen:

The next song is called “Nada Sou-sou” 《淚光閃閃》. The melody is composed by BEGIN & the lyrics is written by Ryoko Moriyama. I found the chinese translation of the lyrics! For those that wanted to know:

古いアルバムめくり ありがとうってつぶやいた
翻著古老的相片簿 對著總是總是

いつもいつも胸の中 励ましてくれる人よ
在心中鼓勵著我的人 囁囁著謝謝兩個字

晴れ渡る日も 雨の日も 浮かぶあの笑顔
晴空翊爽也好 大雨滂沱也罷 那時時刻刻浮現的笑容

想い出遠くあせても
即使回憶已遠離褪色

おもかげ探して よみがえる日は 涙そうそう
我依然追尋絲絲影跡 當他甦醒時總讓我 淚光閃閃

一番星に祈る それが私のくせになり
對著第一顆升起的星星祈禱 已經變成我的習慣

夕暮れに見上げる空 心いっぱいあなた探す
在黃昏時仰望的天空裡 滿心尋找你的蹤跡

悲しみにも 喜びにも 想うあの笑顔
悲傷落淚也好 歡喜雀躍也罷 你的笑容總會浮上心頭

あなたの場所から私が 見えたら
我相信從你所在的地方看得到我

きっといつか 会えると信じ 生きてゆく
也相信我們總有重逢的一天而活著

晴れ渡る日も 雨の日も 浮かぶあの笑顔
晴空翊爽也好 大雨滂沱也罷 那時時刻刻浮現的笑容

想い出遠くあせても
即使回憶已遠離褪色

さみしくて 恋しくて 君への想い 涙そうそう
如此孤單 如此眷戀 對你的思念讓我 淚光閃閃

会いたくて 会いたくて 君への想い 涙そうそう
想見你一面 想見你一面 對你的思念讓我 淚光閃閃

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