Lyrics Translations

Most of my favourite singers are Japanese and as a hobby I enjoy translating their music into English. Before I knew much Japanese I was already listening to some Japanese music and always thought I would love to know what the songs meant. I am putting my translations here to help others understand the meaning of these songs. I think it may also serve a very useful educational purpose for students of Japanese as well. Lyrics are a wonderful way to learn a living and evolving language. There are often a number of idioms, casual terms, and set phrases strewn throughout songs that are important to master a language. I hope these translations help you understand the music and assist those studying the language.


Please note that any and all mistakes are my own. I would appreciate it if you would let me know if you spot any mistakes. Furthermore, I take no claim whatsoever to the original lyrics and as such I am not going to post them in full. For educational purposes, however, if you hover your mouse over the translated lyrics it'll show you the original lyrics for that section.


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Drop's: Kamome no Baby (Seagull Baby)    |    Drop's: Doshaburi (Downpour)    |    GLIM SPANKY: TV Show    |    Aimer: Kataomoi (Unrequited Love)    |    minami: Horonesu (Hollowness)    |    NakamuraEmi: Aibou (Partner)    |    HUMBERT HUMBERT: Onaji Hanashi (The Same Old Talk)    |    HUMBERT HUMBERT: Ganbare Niichan (Good Luck Older Brother)    |    Leo Ieiri: Relax (Relax)    |    Aimyon: Ikiteitandayona (She Sure Lived)    |   
Artist Name (Japanese) Artist Name (English) Song Title (Japanese) Song Title (Romaji (English))
Artist Name (Japanese) Artist Name (English) Song Title (Japanese) Song Title (Romaji (English))
阿部真央 | Mao Abe
阿部真央 Mao Abe 17歳の唄 17 Sai no Uta (Song For 17 Years Old)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 18歳の唄 18 Sai no Uta (Song For 18 Years Old)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 19歳の唄 19 Sai no Uta (Song For 19 Years Old)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 会いたいよ Aitai yo (I Want to See You)
阿部真央 Mao Abe always always
阿部真央 Mao Abe 貴方が好きな私 Anata ga Suki na Watashi (The Me That Loves You)
阿部真央 Mao Abe Believe in yourself Believe in yourself
阿部真央 Mao Abe デッドライン Deddorain (Deadline)
阿部真央 Mao Abe どこ行った? Doko Itta? (Where did you go?)
阿部真央 Mao Abe Don't leave me Don't leave me
阿部真央 Mao Abe Don't let me down Don't let me down
阿部真央 Mao Abe for you for you
阿部真央 Mao Abe ふりぃ Furii (Free)
阿部真央 Mao Abe gasp gasp
阿部真央 Mao Abe give me your love give me your love
阿部真央 Mao Abe 這い上がれMY WAY Haiagare MY WAY (Crawl Up MY WAY)
阿部真央 Mao Abe Haru (Spring)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 走れ Hashire (RUN)
阿部真央 Mao Abe Hikari (Light)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 人見知りの唄~共感してもらえたら嬉しいって話です~ Hitomishiri no Uta~Kyōkan Shitemoraetara Ureshii tte Hanashi Desu
(Song of Shyness~A Story of How I Would Be Happy If You Sympathize With Me)
阿部真央 Mao Abe HOPE HOPE
阿部真央 Mao Abe How are you? How are you?
阿部真央 Mao Abe いつの日も Itsu no Hi mo (Always)
阿部真央 Mao Abe じゃあ、何故 Jaa, Naze (Well, why)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 嫌われてないかな Kirawaretenaikana (I wonder if I'm [not] hated)
阿部真央 Mao Abe キレイな唄 Kirei na Uta (Beautiful Song)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 麹町 Kōjimachi
阿部真央 Mao Abe コトバ Kotoba (Words)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 怖い話 Kowai Hanashi (Scary Story)
阿部真央 Mao Abe メールのお尻にハートマーク Me-ru no Oshiri ni Ha-to Ma-ku
(A heart mark on the butt-end of your mail)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 短い言葉たったそれだけその一言だけ Mijikai Kotoba Tatta Soredake Sono Hitokoto Dake
(That Short Word, Merely Just That Single Word)
阿部真央 Mao Abe モンロー Monro (Monroe)
阿部真央 Mao Abe モットー。 Motto. (More.)
阿部真央 Mao Abe もうひとつのMY BABY Mou Hitotsu no MY BABY (Another MY BABY)
阿部真央 Mao Abe MY BABY MY BABY
阿部真央 Mao Abe なめとんか Nametonka (Who The Hell Do You Think You Are?)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 情けない男の唄 Nasakenai Otoko no Uta
(Song of a Miserable Man)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 女たち Onnatachi (Women)
阿部真央 Mao Abe ポーカーフェイス Po-ka-feisu (Pokerface)
阿部真央 Mao Abe プレイボーイ Pureibo-i (Playboy)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 相模ナンバーのグランドキャビンに乗って Sagaminanba- no Gurandokyabin ni Notte
(Getting on a Sagami-plated Grand Cabin)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 深夜高速 Shinya Kōsoku (Late Night Highway)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 側にいて Soba ni Ite (Stay by my side)
阿部真央 Mao Abe ストーカーの唄~3丁目、貴方の家~ Suto-ka- no Uta~3-chōme, Anata no Ie~
(The Stalker's Song~Your home in 3-chōme~)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 戦いは終わらない Tatakai ha Owaranai
(The Battle Doesn't End)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 都合の良い女の唄 Tsugou no Ii Onna no Uta (Song of a Woman of Convenience)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 伝えたいこと Tsutaetai Koto (What I Want to Convey)
阿部真央 Mao Abe want you DARLING want you DARLING
阿部真央 Mao Abe 私は貴方がいいのです Watashi ha Anata ga ii no desu
(You're The One For Me)
阿部真央 Mao Abe ヤだ Yada (I can't stand it)
阿部真央 Mao Abe 優しい言葉 Yasashii Kotoba (Kind Words)
AI | AI
AI AI ハピネス Hapinesu (Happiness)
AI AI みんながみんな英雄 Minna ga Minna Eiyuu (Everyone is Everyone's Hero)
AI AI Story Story
AI AI VOICE VOICE
Aimer | Aimer
Aimer Aimer カタオモイ Kataomoi (Unrequited Love)
あいみょん | Aimyon
あいみょん Aimyon 生きていたんだよな Ikiteitandayona (She Sure Lived)
安室奈美恵 | Namie Amuro
安室奈美恵 Namie Amuro Should I Love Him? Should I Love Him?
アンジェラ・アキ | Angela Aki
アンジェラ・アキ Angela Aki 手紙 ~拝啓 十五の君へ~ Tegami ~Haikei Jūgo no Kimi e~
(Letter ~Dear 15 Year Old You~)
BENNIE K | BENNIE K
BENNIE K BENNIE K モノクローム Monokuro-mu (Monochrome)
Doughnuts Hole | Doughnuts Hole
Doughnuts Hole Doughnuts Hole おとなの掟 Otona no Okite (The Adult Code)
Drop's | Drop's
Drop's Drop's どしゃ降り Doshaburi (Downpour)
Drop's Drop's かもめのBaby Kamome no Baby (Seagull Baby)
Drop's Drop's さらば青春 Saraba Seishun (Farewell My Youth)
FLOWER FLOWER | FLOWER FLOWER
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER Aki (Autumn)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER ドラマ Dorama (Drama)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER ひかり Hikari (Light)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER Inochi (Life)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER 神様 Kamisama (God)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER 空気 Kūki (Air)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER マネキン Manekin (Mannequin)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER 願い Negai (Desire)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER 日常 Nichijou (Everyday)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER 踊り Odori (Dance)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER パワフル Pawafuru (Powerful)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER 席を立つ Seki wo Tatsu (Leave Your Seat)
FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER FLOWER 水滴 Suiteki (Waterdrop)
藤原さくら | Sakura Fujiwara
藤原さくら Sakura Fujiwara Soup Soup
GLIM SPANKY | GLIM SPANKY
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY アイスタンドアローン Ai Sutando Aro-n (I Stand Alone)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 吹き抜く風のように Fukinuku Kaze No You Ni (Like a Wind Blowing Through)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY grand port grand port
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 話をしよう Hanashi wo Shiyou (Let's Have a Talk)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 怒りをくれよ Ikari wo Kure yo (Give Me Your Anger)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY いざメキシコへ Iza Mekishiko he (Let's go to Mexico)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 時代のヒーロー Jidai no Hi-ro- (Hero of the Age)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 風に唄えば Kaze ni Utaeba (If we Sing in the Wind)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY NEXT ONE NEXT ONE
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY NIGHT LAN DOT NIGHT LAN DOT
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 愚か者たち Orokamonotachi (Fools)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 大人になったら Otona ni Nattara (Once You Become an Adult)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY TV Show TV Show
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 美しい棘 Utsukushii Ibara (Beautiful Thorns)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY ワイルド・サイドを行け Wairudo Saido wo Ike (Go on the Wild Side)
GLIM SPANKY GLIM SPANKY 闇に目を凝らせば Yami ni Me wo Koraseba (Once I Stared Into the Darkness)
ハンバートハンバート | HUMBERT HUMBERT
ハンバートハンバート HUMBERT HUMBERT がんばれ兄ちゃん Ganbare Niichan (Good Luck Older Brother)
ハンバートハンバート HUMBERT HUMBERT おなじ話 Onaji Hanashi (The Same Old Talk)
家入レオ | Leo Ieiri
家入レオ Leo Ieiri Bless You Bless You
家入レオ Leo Ieiri だってネコだから Datte Neko Dakara (Well, it's 'cause I'm a cat)
家入レオ Leo Ieiri 君に届け Kimi ni Todoke (Reach To You)
家入レオ Leo Ieiri 恍惚 Koukotsu (Ecstasy)
家入レオ Leo Ieiri Linda Linda
家入レオ Leo Ieiri Message Message
家入レオ Leo Ieiri Party Girl Party Girl
家入レオ Leo Ieiri Relax Relax (Relax)
家入レオ Leo Ieiri シティボーイなアイツ Shiteibo-i na Aitsu (That Guy the City Boy)
家入レオ Leo Ieiri Silly Silly
家入レオ Leo Ieiri Still Still
家入レオ Leo Ieiri we we
家入レオ Leo Ieiri 勇気のしるし Yūki no Shirushi (Mark of Bravery)
KANA-BOON | KANA-BOON
KANA-BOON KANA-BOON ないものねだり Nai Mono Nedari (Asking For The Moon)
片平里菜 | Rina Katahira
片平里菜 Rina Katahira Party Party
木村カエラ | Kaela Kimura
木村カエラ Kaela Kimura マミレル Mamireru (Smeared)
木村カエラ Kaela Kimura マシマロ Mashimaro (Marshmallow)
木村カエラ Kaela Kimura リルラ リルハ Rirura Riruha (Real Life Real Heart)
木村カエラ Kaela Kimura STARs STARs
コブクロ | Kobukuro
コブクロ Kobukuro 赤い糸 Akai Ito (Red String)
コブクロ Kobukuro 未来 Mirai (The Future)
堂島孝平 | Kōhei Dōjima
堂島孝平 Kōhei Dōjima 俺は、ゆく Ore ha, yuku (I'm going now)
lecca | lecca
lecca lecca live again live again
lecca lecca マタイツカ Mata Itsuka (Some time again)
lecca lecca Right Direction Right Direction
lecca lecca Your Turn Your Turn
美波 | minami
美波 minami ホロネス Horonesu (Hollowness)
美波 minami main actor main actor
My Hair is Bad | My Hair is Bad
My Hair is Bad My Hair is Bad 恋人ができたんだ Koibito ga Dekitan da (I Got a Girlfriend)
My Hair is Bad My Hair is Bad ワーカーインザダークネス Wa-ka-inzada-kunesu (Walker in the Darkness)
NakamuraEmi | NakamuraEmi
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi 相棒 Aibou (Partner)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi ハワイと日本 Hawai to Nihon (Hawaii and Japan)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi 女子達 Joshitachi (Women)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi かかってこいよ Kakattekoiyo (Bring it on)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi 教室 Kyoushitsu (Classroom)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi メジャーデビュー Meja-Debyu- (Major Debut)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi N N
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi 波を待つのさ Nami wo Matsu no sa (I'll Wait for the Waves)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi プレゼント~繋ぐ~ Purezento~Tsunagu~ (Present~Connect~)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi 使命 Shimei (Mission)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi 新聞 Shinbun (Newspaper)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi 台風18号 Taifuu 18 Gou (Typhoon #18)
NakamuraEmi NakamuraEmi YAMABIKO YAMABIKO (Mountain Echo)
中島美嘉 | Mika Nakashima
中島美嘉 Mika Nakashima FIND THE WAY FIND THE WAY
西野カナ | Kana Nishino
西野カナ Kana Nishino A型のうた A Gata no Uta (A Song for Blood Type A People)
西野カナ Kana Nishino Darling Darling
西野カナ Kana Nishino Lucky Lucky
西野カナ Kana Nishino もしも運命の人がいるのなら Moshimo Unmei no Hito ga Iru no nara
(If my fated love exists)
西野カナ Kana Nishino トリセツ Torisetsu (Instruction Manual)
西野カナ Kana Nishino True Love True Love
大橋卓弥 | Takuya Ōhashi
大橋卓弥 Takuya Ōhashi そろそろいかなくちゃ Sorosoro Ikanakucha (I've got to head out soon)
大塚愛 | Ai Ōtsuka
大塚愛 Ai Ōtsuka 大好きだよ。 Daisuki da yo. (I Love You.)
大塚愛 Ai Ōtsuka プラネタリウム Puranetariumu (Planetarium)
Perfume | Perfume
Perfume Perfume 1mm 1mm
Perfume Perfume Dream Land Dream Land
Perfume Perfume edge edge
Perfume Perfume FAKE IT FAKE IT
Perfume Perfume FLASH FLASH
Perfume Perfume Party Maker Party Maker
Perfume Perfume TOKYO GIRL TOKYO GIRL
RADWIMPS | RADWIMPS
RADWIMPS RADWIMPS 棒人間 Bouningen (Stick Person)
RADWIMPS RADWIMPS なんでもないや Nandemo Nai ya (It's Nothing)
サンボマスター | Sambomaster
サンボマスター Sambomaster 可能性 Kanōsei (Potential)
SCANDAL | SCANDAL
SCANDAL SCANDAL 会わないつもりの、元気でね Awanaitsumori no, Genki de ne
("Take care" because you don't plan on meeting again)
SHISHAMO | SHISHAMO
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO あの子のバラード Ano Ko no Bara-do
(A Ballad of That Girl)
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO 明日も Ashita Mo (Tomorrow As Well)
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO バンドマン Bandoman (Bandsman)
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO 僕に彼女ができたんだ Boku ni Kanojo ga Dekitanda
(I made a girlfriend)
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO 恋する Koisuru ((to) Love)
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO 熱冷まシート Netsusama Shi-to (Antipyretic Sheet)
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO 量産型彼氏 Ryosangata Kareshi
(Mass-Produced Boyfriend)
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO サブギターの歌 Sabugita- no Uta
(Song of an Alternative Guitar)
SHISHAMO SHISHAMO 深夜のラジオ Shinya no Rajio (Late Night Radio)
シシド・カフカ | Kavka Shishido
シシド・カフカ Kavka Shishido 朝までsugar me Asa Made sugar me (Sugar Me Until Morning)
シシド・カフカ Kavka Shishido ダメかしら? Dame Kashira? (Is it wrong?)
シシド・カフカ Kavka Shishido Don't be love Don't be love
シシド・カフカ Kavka Shishido Get up! Get up!
Superfly | Superfly
Superfly Superfly Good-bye Good-bye
Superfly Superfly White Light White Light
植村花菜 | Kana Uemura
植村花菜 Kana Uemura トイレの神様 Toire no Kamisama (God of the Bathroom)
宇多田ヒカル | Hikaru Utada
宇多田ヒカル Hikaru Utada 二時間だけのバカンス Nijikan Dake no Bakansu (An Only Two-Hour Vacation)
矢井田瞳 | Hitomi Yaida
矢井田瞳 Hitomi Yaida 37.0℃ 37.0℃
矢井田瞳 Hitomi Yaida 雨と嘘 Ame to Uso (Rain and Lies)
矢井田瞳 Hitomi Yaida fast car fast car
矢井田瞳 Hitomi Yaida 初恋 Hatsukoi (First Love)
矢井田瞳 Hitomi Yaida 一人ジェンガ Hitori Jenga (Jenga Alone)
矢井田瞳 Hitomi Yaida この恋はもうしまってしまおう Kono Koi ha mou Shimatteshimaou
(Let's lay this love to rest already)
矢井田瞳 Hitomi Yaida ママとテディ Mama to Tedi (Mama and Teddy)
矢井田瞳 Hitomi Yaida My Sweet Darlin' My Sweet Darlin'
山崎まさよし | Masayoshi Yamazaki
山崎まさよし Masayoshi Yamazaki コイン Koin (Coin)
吉澤嘉代子 | Kayoko Yoshizawa
吉澤嘉代子 Kayoko Yoshizawa 地獄タクシー Jigoku Takushi (Hell Taxi)
吉澤嘉代子 Kayoko Yoshizawa 残ってる Nokotteru (It Remains)
吉澤嘉代子 Kayoko Yoshizawa らりるれりん Rarirurerin (Ra-Ri-Ru-Re-Ring)
YUI | YUI
YUI YUI again again
YUI YUI CHE.R.RY CHE.R.RY
YUI YUI fight fight
YUI YUI Good-bye days Good-bye days
YUI YUI Happy Birthday to you you Happy Birthday to you you
YUI YUI How crazy How crazy
YUI YUI I know I know
YUI YUI It's happy line It's happy line
YUI YUI Let's face it Let's face it
YUI YUI Love is all Love is all
YUI YUI Please Stay With Me Please Stay With Me
YUI YUI Rain Rain
YUI YUI Rolling Star Rolling Star
YUI YUI RUIDO RUIDO
YUI YUI Spiral & Escape Spiral & Escape
YUI YUI Tokyo Tokyo
YUI YUI to Mother to Mother