English Translated Lyrics for “Pending Machine” by Official Hige Dandism

Official Hige Dandism is one of the most popular pop/rock band in today’s Japan. “Hige” means “a mustache”, and the reason of the quirky band name is said that they want to create ever green songs which can be loved and listened to for really long time like until they are really getting old with mustache. If you’re interested in today’s major J-pop scene, I highly recommend this group (my favorites are “Pretender“, “I LOVE“, “Universe“). Their lyrics and music are so much carefully thought that each songs has a great quality.

The reason why I quoted this band is because their latest album “Editorial” has a really good song which criticize the relationships of us and our smartphone. The title is “Pending Machine”. I greatly agree with this lyrics, and I love this song so much that I’d like to translate it and I’d like to introduce the song to the world(since this song seems to be a kind of B-side song in the album, and there seems no official translation so far).

誰かの憂いを肩代わり出来るほど タフガイじゃない 耐えられない
I’m not a strong guy enough to take over somebody’s anxiety. I can’t bear with it.
耳からも目からも 飛び込む有象無象はもう知らないでいよう 病まないためにも
So let’s shut out them from ears and eyes not to get sick.

Wi-Fi環境がないどこかへ行きたい 熱くなったこの額 冷ますタイムを下さい
I want to go somewhere with no Wi-Fi environment. Please give me a time to cool down my overheated brain.
返答に困窮するメッセージやお誘い 強いられる和気藹々
Messages or invitations that seems really difficult to answer. Forceful harmonious atmosphere.
おまけに暗いニュースだなんて冗談じゃない
And they never get any negative news.

とは言え社会で 多様化した現代で それなりに上手く生きたいのにwhy?
But, in this todays society, diversified modern age, I just want to live somehow well but why?
型落ちの前頭葉で 不具合もなく笑みを 保てないanymore
With my outdated frontal lobe, I can’t keep my smile without a glitch anymore.

はい。分かったからもう黙って 疲れてるから休まして
Okay. I got it so please shut your mouth. I’m tired so please give me a break.
申し訳ないけど待って 迷惑はお互い様だって
I’m sorry but please just wait. We make the same nuisance anyway.
言ってやりたいのになんで? 立場と見栄に躊躇って
I just want to say that but why? My position or ideal myself wouldn’t allow me to do.
外付けの愛想が出しゃばって 葬られた叫び声
My external friendly character meddles, and the voice is buried.

Wi-Fi環境がないどこかへ行きたい プライベートの誇り合い
I just want to go somewhere doesn’t have Wi-Fi. Everyone is showing off their private life
マウンティングの泥試合
The game of meaningless condescending
そんなんで競い合って一体何がしたい?
What the hell do you want to do through such a stupid game
鬼ごっこ ドッジボール 何に例えても常識の範疇を超えてやしない?
Tags, Dodgeball, any games for example, would say it’s beyond the rules

見てらんないから黙って 相手はCPじゃなくて
I can’t see it anymore so please shut up. I’m not talking to Computer.
哺乳類人間様だって 説教できたならわけないね
But the great human beings of mammals. If I could scold like that.
俺にそんな権利なくて 少なくはない前科があって
Maybe I don’t own the right to scold somebody. It’s because I have some criminal records of something stupid.
帰すべき責めは永遠に残って 鳴り止まない叫び声
I’m taking a blame for something for good. The sound of crying would never stop.

誰かの憂いを肩代わりできるほど 健康じゃない
I’m not healthy enough to take over somebody’s depressed feeling.
打ち勝てない ならばそう離れていよう
I can’t overcome. Then, let’s stay away.
流行りもライフハックも もう知らないでいよう 病まないためにも
Let’s ignore every trends or life-hacks not to get mentally ill.

はい。分かったからもう黙って 疲れてるから休まして
Okay. I got it so please shut your mouth. I’m tired so please give me a break.
申し訳ないけど待って 迷惑はお互い様だって
I’m sorry but please just wait. We make the same nuisance anyway.
言わないけど通知切って あわよくば電源を落として
I never tell you but I’ll turn off the notification. Or I would turn off it.
無理やりに暇を作り出して 元気になるまでまたね
Somehow make a space in your life. And see you again when you’ll get fine again.

Thank you very much for reading my lazy translation. If I could share my feelings for this song with you, that would be great. When you feel sick for getting along with your smartphone, please listen to this song, and enjoy your actual life.

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Efforts that you don’t feel as efforts

Do you have some things which requires a certain efforts for people but not for you. There are some things that you can use a kind of “the force” thing, for instance, like everyone struggles to write an essay, but somehow you can finish writing really quickly. It can be said as a talent, but today, I would call the ability more like “the force” in Star Wars movies.

Everyone seems to have a force for something. Of course we can’t make something fly or kill somebody softly with the power though, maybe there are something that can be called “the force” in this world. One of my kind of force is to write something, talking with fun to the very first meeting people, all compared to people I’ve met before.

Some people feel a thing that create huge stress, but you can even feel joy from the action. There are such things, and I want to keep brushing such my precious ability up for the entire life. The news of a Japanese scientist receiving Nobel Prize for Physics was buzzed in yesterday, and one of a media quoted his comments, which was like “I actually had no idea that my research object would be important research theme from the beginning, but I was very passionate about the research topic from more that 30 years ago (the system of climate changing)”.

Perhaps we should keep trying on something we can do without efforts. I mean, efforts we don’t feel them as the way average people feel. Then, we can enjoy the effort and we don’t have to regret in the future.

Somebody can push you

Time flies so fast. I’m feeling like my basic personality hasn’t been changed from high school days. Actually that doesn’t mean much to me. I mean, I feel like I’ve been always in trouble since my high school days. The core problem I’ve been thinking from my high school days was “Who The Hell Am I?” What is my future I should pursue or what would be the most suitable job to me. I don’t know what this disease is called. I’ve been looking for myself. What is my passion anyway, or like that.

To focus and try to solve the problem, actually it is not a good idea try to be alone in my case. One of the biggest reason why I broke up with my ex girlfriend was because she frequently talk about the marriage plan after being in a relation after 1 year and a half month. It is really usual thing to think about such thing for 27 or 28. But, something has not made sense in my mind, and I asked her to end the relationship. The excuse at that time for her was “because I have things to do before getting married”.

Now, more than a year has been passed since the breaking up. And then I hit upon an idea. The excuse was bullshit. Nothing I could achieve, and I couldn’t do anything great with all my alone time. Rather tried to hang out with friends and became more lazy guy, who don’t care future that much. Without “push”, I can’t do anything, then I realized.

And now, my life situation has been changed. My serious marriage plan is suddenly emerging before me. There is a woman who “push” me to think of and face my future seriously. Thanks to her, now I can feel very motivated and positive against the future. Now I’m feeling like I should drive it like you stole it.

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A night I don’t want to do anything

Simply, I became so lazy that I don’t want to do anything this night. I don’t want to even read books. Outside is raining. My life seems becoming pretty well these days. I somehow keep trying something everyday and that kind of things gradually makes my confidence. Cleaning toilet, doing online English lessons, publishing a newsletter for students everyday, and writing fiction day by day. The key word is step by step.

Today is a substitute day off for a school event of half marathon competition on Saturday, so it felt like a Sunday for me today. So, I spent today just for pleasing myself, and then I found that living just for your pleasure is very lonely. Now I realize the beauty of working for someone else, and spend time with friends or colleagues.

Sometimes I find myself have pretty ambivalent feelings. One of the most frequent such feelings is I want to be totally free from anyone, but I feel so lonely and miss people. Then, I feel like why I’m such a mentally unstable person. Whey can’t I be normal just for long time. But, maybe this is me. I can hardly say “I’m lonely.” to anyone, but then, I send text randomly to my friends. If I could say “I’m lonely” to my lover, how much can I close to be true me.

Book Review: Counterattack of the Thirty by Sohn Won-pyung

What an impressive design.

Just finished reading of “Counterattack of Thirty (Original title: 서른의 반격, 2017)” by Sohn Won-pyung. Walking in a bookstore and this cover illustration captured my eyes suddenly. What an impressive design. The title was actually much more intriguing. I skimmed through the book at once and I found out that the “thirty” means age of 30. In the novel, Ji-hye the protagonist of the novel is around 30, and living unsatisfied ordinary days as an irregular employees. She tries to get a regular job at a decent, stable company in her favorite job territory, but the reality was a bit hard. Then, she somehow worked in the company, but one day there comes a mysterious irregular coworker, Gyu-ok, and he propose an interesting suggestion to her; counterattack against their unfair society. Although these revenge are really tiny prank thing, but they can gradually make a small crack in their unfair daily environment.

The story line would sound familiar to you, but the story is not that simple. The atmosphere of the book seems much like cloudy, and actually, you would finish reading with the same atmosphere of cloudy. However, thanks to the story, we can think the cloudy atmosphere as more positive one when you close your book.

This books tells you the beauty of counterattacks. Due to a development of SNS or ultimate capitalism society, we can easily feel depressed or unpleasant when you look at your tiny smartphone window. You are forced to compare almost everyday, and everyone seems to be angry with a tiny bullshit stuff. People must be extremely busy or boored. We are becoming or more scary for doing a different thing and get criticized.

However, one of the lessons the book told me, it is counterattack that your life really begins. Even though, it is a very small revenge or counterattack, very small objection, that would make a very small but important change in this world. There is a line I love .

Just say “it’s wrong” when you see something goes wrong. At least it can lead the better world.

Counterattack of Thirty (Self Translation)

Now I’m feeling I can totally agree with the idea. Without our objection, everyone tries to make you somebody else. Therefore, why don’t we resist, oppose against unreasonable reality. We are all deserve to oppose something when we are around 30. I’m becoming 29 in this year, and it is my real pleasure that I could read this book at this age.

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Globalization is a positive force in today’s world?

I don’t know any other countries’ educational goal of “English”, speaking of Japanese education, it is stated like “to grow a person who can accustomed to this world in globalization”. I feel this statement really weird. It sounds a bit cheap goal to me. In short, I don’t think globalization has such a great effects in todays world.

Firstly, thanks to the invention of Internet, we can easily communicate with foreigners without actual traveling or moving but just on the Internet. Almost everyone can access to tons of information through Google. This happy situation also made the world that force one nation compete not only with domestic nations but foreign nations. Say, if you are Japanese, your rival is no more just Japanese but Foreigners because everyone can work for your favorite country using Internet. Moreover, this create very unforeseeable economic situations around the world. When you got fired, you would not know the reason because the factor of economy became much more complicated than before due to this globalization.

Secondly, globalization seems not to prioritize the unique culture or languages. English as world language is seen as very valuable and important world in today, but actually, each own nations’ culture must have the same value each other. Therefore, this situation can easily kill minority cultures or traditions which seems out of so called global standard.

Lastly, in today’s globalized world, the pandemic can frequently be happened. One of the main reason of the fast spreading of recent C0VID-19 is definitely due to the globalized world. People who has dangerous virus can travel around the world easily and that means the virus spread around the world easily at the same time.

Nobody can deny the strong power or the stream of globalization today, however, I think the world is overrated in today’s world, and I think we should realize the local beauty again today.

You don’t know when you die

Sorry for this shocking title, but nobody would understand this meaning more than today’s us. The most important lesson leant from this pandemic was there were literally no proof that we can live tomorrow like yesterday. In short, we finally realize that we have no idea of when we will be dead or the world ends. I’m not supposed to make you scary but rather I want to see the bright side of this lesson today.

People often say and be told that you should do what you want to do. But, how many people can live like this? For instance, you want to have a piano in your tiny room, but you can’t buy it right now because you have not enough money to buy, and there is not enough room to put the piano. However, the COVID19 told us that even there are such a hard situation, you should buy and put it in your tiny room because you can be dead tomorrow. It sounds a bit extreme argument though, I recently really think like this way. Let’s do things that you’ve wanted to do right now! Then, you can lose your “perfect timing” forever. So, why don’t you start writing your fiction, or tell somebody love you, and somehow buy a cheap piano? There is always a way after all.

Personally, I think I need to work harder, and want to write a great novel, and practice the piano, and want to read tons of interesting books, and want to hang out with my precious friends, and want to say I love you from the bottom of my heart. Now I finally found that I have so so many thing to do in my life, in this short moments. I don’t want to spoil my precious time but actually if I try to tackle with all these things at once, I could easily get down. Therefore, the wisest way which seemed to me so now, is just keep trying everyday. It’s like accumulating a sheet of paper one by one everyday. But hopefully, someday I can see a beautiful scene standing on the papers.

Will the restriction will continue indefinitely? I don’t think so.

The days we wear mask became so ordinary that we sometimes afraid of wearing masks for good especially here in Japan as strong peer-pressured country. We wear masks like an oxygen cylinder in the deep ocean. Sometimes wondering if I don’t wear masks and try to enter a supermarket, what would be the people’s reactions to me? Everyone must think I’m a terrorist or like that. I didn’t know that the world or common sense can be turned around that easily. Before this pandemic, the most of the Japanese teachers thought that the color of mask must be white. But, now, who cares?

One of my Tokyo friend once grumbled that they have experienced non-emergency declaration time only for several weeks so far this year. Crazy right? So, now, we all think like “will the restriction will continue indefinitely?”or like that. I mean, what do you think about?

The last thing I felt would continue almost forever was the high school days. That days was so boring that I totally lost the meaning of why should I keep going this building. It was because everything was measured by the test score at that time. You make a higher score, teachers would love you more than students who got lower score. Bullshit. I don’t know why but maybe that would be definitely a main reason why I’m doing high school teacher now. People can’t be measured by only test score, and I don’t want to be such an ass hole teachers. I wanted to be a teacher who doesn’t feel or look like a teacher.

Anyway, sorry for going off the track. The point is, I felt that the boring school life would continue forever, but actually that was not continued that long. In fact, it lasted just for 3 years. Looking back the time, now I think of many things. The dark memories and happy memories of that time somehow made a huge impact for my life. If I try to look a bright side of things, I would thank the shitty high school days which lasted just for 3 years. I felt 3 years like 30 years at time though.

In short, I feel the same thing in this wired era. We can do many things in this depressing days. Somebody would even miss this days after the pandemic in terms of no drinking party or easiness of working from home. So, why don’t we look at the bright side? Let’s practice piano. Let’s write a novel. Let’s nourish your true love. I’m sure we will even miss this days someday soon in the future.

Designing T-shirts as a hobby

Do you like T-shirt? Some say yes, and the others say no. To me? I love T-shirt. No other outfits would be as casual and comfortable as T shirt. It’s so simple but I have never seen Steve J wearing T shirt, but Mark Zuckerberg. He once told the audience of a public Q&A “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve the community. Anyway, T shirt is such a simple outfit.

At the same time, the thing really matters to me is the role of message board. T shirts sometimes contains many unique messages or graffitis or doodles, anyway, designs. And where there is a design, there is a message. Therefore, if you wear T shirt, you are wearing a message at the same time. So, I’m fond of wearing a unique design which contains unique message. And now, one of my dream is to create my own design T shirt.

And here are some sketches. Which do you think should be actually created?

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Movie Review: “BELLE(竜とそばかすの姫)” the latest film of Mamoru Hosoda

Japanese summer needs Mamoru Hosoda’s movies

Hello world. I’ve been living in Japan for 28 years though, now I realize that one of the best things when you live in Japan is you can see the latest great Japanese animation films from the very opening day. There are many sever criticisms about the situation of monopoly of animation films in today’s movie scene in Japan. When you ask Japanese “what is your favorite Japanese movie?”, I bet 80% of its answer would be animation films. That doesn’t necessarily mean Japanese not-animation films are boring though, the power of animation seems to be at its peak.

The day before yesterday was the opening day for the “BELLE” (『竜とそばかすの姫』, A dragon and a freckled princess in Japanese). I have been a huge fan for the director of the movie, Mamoru Hosoda. I fell in love with his 3 must-see legendary movies of “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time(『時をかける少女』2006)”, “Summer Wars(『サマーウォーズ』2009)”and “Wolf Children(『おおかみこどもの雨と雪』2012)”, and I realized HE is the true genius after the post-Hayao Miyazai’s era.

However, following 2 movies “The Boy and the Beast(『バケモノの子』2015)” and “MIRAI(『未来のミライ』2018)” somehow didn’t hit my heart like the previous works did to me. According to an interview that my mother watched and told me, Mr. Hosoda was trying to send messages for the generation of his children age. Therefore, me like 28 years gloomy not young child felt somehow tasteless or sense of lack of something. I remember vividly the time I persuaded a girlfriend and told how great his films are and went to see MIRAI together and I had been thinking “It’s not been fun…, but from now it would be really exciting…!!” and the credit came and I was so disappointed that I began to doubt the credibility of his films these days.

But, after all, he was great film maker now I can say. The BELLE was a great one. I can’t say it would be better than the 3 legends though, I think it is very very close to the legends personally.

I think the story would be described as this equation

“The beauty and the beast” + “Summer Wars” + “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”/ 3 = “BELLE”.

If you are a fan of his films, you can find a lot of clues or scenes from his other movies. Some would say it’s Deja-vu and boring, but I would like to say that’s the great factor of great directors. Only great directors can make a form as classic, I think. But, it was different from Summer Wars and these 3 titles. I could cry a lot and the message was strong not enough to make me feel scolded. The balance was great compared to the previous 2 titles.

I don’t think this is a spoiler though, one of the absolute message of this film is about “problem with online smears” or “a war between 99% of people who just watch vs. 1% of people who actually do something”. I personally don’t prefer to write dirty or negative comments on some video or articles, this film would be great textbook for such problems.

Anyhow, I definitely enjoyed this film and something has changed since I watched the film. So, thank you so much Mr. Mamoru Hosoda!