Miyuki Nakajima's "Jidai"

Miyuki Nakajima's "Jidai" (Source: メタボオヤジ)

Another week has gone by, and it’s time for this week’s Youtube Friday. This week’s video is a lot more upbeat than last week’s look at the disaster relief efforts in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture. Yes, this week we have a musical video.

One of Japan’s most beloved female singer-songwriters is Miyuki Nakajima. Her powerful voice and classic tunes (“Chijou no Hoshi”, “Akujou”, “Sora to Kimi to no Aida ni”) have seen her music being covered around the world, and with collaborations with greats such as Stevie Wonder.

Adored as she is, it still seems a little surprising that the GSDF Eastern Army Band, based out of Camp Asaka in Tokyo, chose one of her songs to perform in 2009 (as recorded and uploaded below). The performance is stuffy and stiff, but it beats a brass band march. The song they chose, “Jidai” or “Time Goes Around” in English, is hardly the most upbeat song, but it’s a classic.

Lyrics and bonus video below:

Lyrics courtesy of LyricWiki
Japanese (Romaji) English Translation
ima wa konna ni kanashikute
namida mo karehatete
mou nido to egao ni wa
naresou mo nai kedo 

sonna jidai mo atta ne to
itsuka hanaseru hi ga kuru wa
anna jidai mo atta ne to
kitto waratte hanaseru wa
dakara kyou wa kuyokuyoshinaide
kyou no kaze ni fukaremashou

mawaru mawaru yo jidai wa mawaru
yorokobi kanashimi kurikaeshi
kyou wa wakareta koibitotachi mo
umarekawatte meguriau yo

tabi wo tsudzukeru hitobito wa
itsuka kokyou ni deau hi wo
tatoe kon’ya wa taoretemo
kitto shinjite DOA wo deru
tatoe kyou wa hateshimo naku
tsumetai ame ga futte ite mo

meguru meguru yo jidai wa meguru
wakare to deai wo kurikaeshi
kyou wa taoreta tabibitotachi mo
umarekawatte arukidasu yo

mawaru mawaru yo jidai wa mawaru
wakare to deai wo kurikaeshi
kyou wa taoreta tabibitotachi mo
umarekawatte arukidasu yo

mawaru mawaru yo jidai wa mawaru
wakare to deai wo kurikaeshi
kyou wa taoreta tabibitotachi mo
umarekawatte arukidasu yo

kyou wa taoreta tabibitotachi mo
umarakawatte arukidasu yo

Now you’re so sad that
Your tears have all dried up
And it seems like you’ll
Never make a smiling face again, but… 

“Once, that also happened to me.”
One day you’ll talk about it like that.
“Way back when, that also happened to me.”
Surely, you’ll talk about it laughing.
So today, don’t fret.
Let it blow away in the wind of today!

Turning, turning, time is turning.
Joy, sadness, come and go.
Today, even the lovers who were parted,
Will be reborn and happen across each other!

People who continue their journey
will one day return to their home town.
Even if this evening they are falling,
they surely believe they can go out the door.
Even if today endless
cold rain is pouring down.

Returning, returning, time is returning.
Partings and meetings come and go.
Today, the travelers who fell,
Will be reborn and start to walk again!

Turning, turning, time is turning.
Partings and meetings come and go.
Today, the travelers who fell,
Will be reborn and start to walk again!

Turning, turning, time is turning.
Partings and meetings come and go.
Today, the travelers who fell,
Will be reborn and start to walk again!

Today, the travelers who fell,
Will be reborn and start to walk again!

 

Bonus video because you scrolled down this far. A selection of Miyuki Nakajima’s greatest:

 

Extra bonus video, in case you doubted me when I told you that Miyuki Nakajima had international appeal, here is the proof:

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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