Kobukuro – Tsubomi; コブクロ – 蕾

Apologies for the long hiatus. We return with the song that won the Grand Prix at the 2007 Japan Record Awards.

Kobukuro is a pop-folk-rock-duo… thing that started out as an indie duo in 1998 and only made their major label debut later, in 2001. They write everything from crisp guitar folk rock to sweeping ballads such as this. Here at Moonspeak, we couldn’t love Kobukuro more; more translations from them will follow in the future.

A little context before you read the translated lyrics: the song was written in memory of one of the duo’s mothers, who passed away twelve years prior. That may help you put some of the rather figurative lyrics in context. We’ve chosen to translate certain lines figuratively rather than literally; as always, your comments are appreciated. Have fun.

February 15th, 2008 | Kobukuro | 4 comments

Hey! Say! 7 – Hey! Say! [Lovely Complex 2nd OP]; Hey! Say! 7 – Hey! Say! [ラブ☆コン 2rd OP]

Shoujo time! We’re working on the first OP, too – but Nipponsei doesn’t have the liner notes and transcribing by ear tends to result in too many mistakes for my liking.

July 18th, 2007 | Anime OP, Hey! Say! 7, Lovely Complex | No comments