…VOICE

bambooXZX's personal blog, mostly dedicated to song lyrics translation from Japanese to English.

About

This site is, basically, my personal place to share things with the Internet. It serves whatever purpose I see fit to post for; the primary purpose, however, is the translation of Japanese lyrics to English, usually for songs related in some way to anime. Do make yourself at home and enjoy whatever it is that you’re looking for.

-bambooXZX

On translation content

The single thing that has the most impact on what I translate is what I happen to be listening to at the time. My primary way of discovering music is through watching anime theme songs and then exploring their artists, so you can expect of lot of that. I also take requests, though I’m not very good at fulfilling them reliably. I don’t restrict myself on song choice at all; if it interests me and it’s something I can do, I’ll do it.

I am a native speaker of (US) English. I’ve been a learner of Mandarin Chinese since birth; while my ability to speak it has degraded with time, I can still read and listen to some extent. I studied Japanese in the classroom for three years, followed by six years of hands-on experience in translating songs. (I also have JLPT N2 certification but that doesn’t really mean anything.) I have very slight understanding of Taiwanese due to family and informal classroom lectures.

Using my translations

Feel free to use these lyrics for your own purposes, such as adding them to more specific databases or putting them onto music videos. In general, I would prefer that you credit me (preferably with a link back here) and give me a heads-up; I like to see where my stuff ends up, and I of course take pride in the effort I put into these translations.

One caveat, though: if you change any of the wording of the translation, please, either link to the specific lyrics page or don’t name me at all. I claim no liability for inaccuracies produced by bad editing.

Of course, this being the internet, there’s nothing stopping you from disregarding me here, but I would hope that you’d at least adhere to common courtesy.

Retranslating

If you want to try translating my translations to a language other than English or Japanese (or any other source), you’re welcome to, but I don’t recommend it. There are many issues with doing that, and they can lead to very big problems for material as freeform as song lyrics. One of the main reasons is that when you translate something, you can’t always get all of the meaning that was in the original, and you can’t always avoid adding new meanings that weren’t in the original. If you translate a translation, you start getting further and further away from the original meaning, and there will almost definitely be mistakes.

Again, as this is the internet, go ahead if you really feel like it’s what you want to do, but be aware of the pitfalls.

tl;dr yes, you can translate my translations, but it will make me sad

Contact

The best way to reach me is through a comment on this blog, as I check very frequently for those. This page will do for general topics. If you really need a private channel, send email to bambooxzx at gmail. (GChat requests will be denied.)

59 thoughts on “About

  1. You’re AWESOME! Keep it up!

  2. Can you translate the lyrics to “Futuristic Imagination” by School Food Punishment? It’s the Ed to Higashi no Eden. ^^

  3. @Motion:
    I’m already working on it, but I wouldn’t expect an accurate translation until the CD comes out in May.

  4. You’re AMAZING!! O_o; *claps*

  5. I gotta say, the translations and lyrics all look really good. Thanks for all the work!

  6. Thanks for the School food punishment lyrics, I hope you don’t mind me linking you on my blog :)

  7. You are making an excellente work!
    Thanks for all the translations!
    Finaly I found a translation to “all alone” XD

  8. Thank you so much for the lyrics to You! :D I couldn’t find them for the life of me, so thank you! I’ve put them in a video, and I’ll tell you when I post it if you’d like. :3
    Erm, also, I have a request… could you possibly translate Omoi from the Thanks/you album of Higurashi? I’ll get you the kanji if it’ll help.

    • @Sparkadillia:
      If you have the kanji, that would help a lot. Post a link here, or send text to bambooXZX AT gmail DOT com, and I’ll work on it as soon as possible.

  9. Hi!
    I’ve just discover your blog, and is simply amazing!
    Thanks for translate the School food punishment’s songs!!! ^_^

    Can I ask you for more translations of them?
    Please, “egoist”, “flow”, “kemuri ni shiro”, “killer” and “over”.

    Wow, there are too much!! sorry ^_^UU

    Thank you in advance! =)

  10. XZX,

    Any chance of you translating another Saki ED? I’ve looked everywhere for a translation of Shikakui Uchuu de Matteru yo (beach ED) but I’ve had no luck whatsoever. If it helps, romaji is up here: http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/saki/shikakuiuchuu.htm

    Keep up the good work!

    • nj,

      I actually considered translating that ED, but considering the lyrical structure, I had decided not to, since the translation probably wouldn’t be very coherent. If you want it, though, I’ll do it anyway.

      • Also, I should add that my knowledge of mahjong terms is a bit limited.

        • I can see that it would be an interesting song to translate, it has a unique structure to say the least. Honestly, I would really appreciate any effort on your behalf to translate it, even just roughly – it goes way over my head. Knowledge of mahjong terms not required!

  11. Hi!

    I would like to ask you for a new translation, if you don’t care! ^^U

    This time is a song from Emi Hinouchi; is called “Ai dake ga”.

    – You can listen it here -> http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x533c6_emi-hinouchi-ai-dake-ga_music

    – And you can find the kanji here -> http://www.jpopasia.com/lyrics/8528/emi-hinouchi/ai-dake-ga.html

    Thanks in advance! ^_^

  12. Hi, it’s me again! xD

    This time I want to ask you for permission for share your SFP’s translations (with credits, of course) with other fans of the band in a forum; AHS (initially, it’s a forum about Ayumi Hamasaki, but it has a thread for other bands too, SFP included).

    Thanks in advance! ^_^

  13. Oh! sorry, double post! ^^U

    This is the thread about them, if you want to visit it ^_^

    http://www.ahsforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91495

  14. oh! I really love your translation
    maybe because I fell in love with Last Kiss- Supernova xD
    and others songs too ..great job thanks..
    I was finding any blog like this ^^

    thanks for sharing and helping people who don’t understand japanese ^^

  15. I’m curios about what player are you using for mp3 files, and also what lyric plugin ?

    P.S. If you are not using Winamp, could you recommend a good lyric plugin for it? :)

    P.P.S. You really know your stuff ;)

  16. Hey ^^
    my name is Mai and I’m from the subbing team Super6stars…we sub videos about Supernova and we are in need of translators…we only have 1 Japanese translator TT^TT
    so the progressing is really slow…could u may help us out? u don’t have to join our team…just maby helping us once in a while when u have time…more about us u can get here : http://super6stars.co.nr/
    please think about it ^^
    u can also contact me at Twitter :
    http://twitter.com/ChoCo_Mai

    Yoroshiku ne~! ^^

    • Sounds good. There may be times when I’ll be busy with stuff, but if you ever have anything you’d want me to help out with, just drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.

  17. cool ^^ thank u a lot ^^
    hmm how should i contact u?
    through twitter? or should i send u a mail?

  18. Thank you so much for translating Asou Natsuko’s songs! I love her songs! XD

  19. Nice translations! Thanks!

  20. Hi,

    I just posted your link (translation of Kokia’s Insonnia) on my blog. I’d like to ask you if it’s ok that I posted in that form. If not, please tell me, and I’ll change in the way you prefer. Here it is: http://semanticnuance.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-post.html

    Thank you for your translation!

  21. Seems like I’m three years late on this site!

    Amazing translations bambooXZX, thanks for all the effort you placed here.

    It’s a little space in the internet, but it’s definitely a cozy place!

  22. Hey, I was really impressed with your sorairo days (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoJ-eIg3v9w&feature=channel_video_title), would you happen to have the full version of the sheet music to share?

    • Sorry, I don’t at the moment. I figured out how to play by ear, and for some time now I have been unable to create sheet music – for some reason, my scorewriter program of choice no longer agrees with my computer, and I haven’t had the time to find or learn to use another one. I do plan on making it at some point, though.

  23. HI!!! I have been listening to your works on youtube and I must say I am impressed…very :D Keep up the great work! And I’m ever looking forward to new works.!

  24. Hi! I would like to use your “Tell Your World” lyrics/translations for a cover I will be soon uploading onto YT. Will link it here when it is uploaded. Thanks so much!

  25. Hey. First off, I want to thank you for all the great work you’ve done on your SFP project. As a SFP fan, I truly appreciate all the effort you’ve put into translating their songs so faithfully. As they say, おつかれさまでした!

    Now, I realize this is probably pretty out of the blue for you, but I’ve been scouring the internet these past days for anything SFP-related, and have come across these links with no way to verify their authenticity. As a fellow SFP, I was wondering if you had any idea about these:

    https://twitter.com/#!/yamasakiBass

    They both seem pretty legit, but I can’t think of any way to prove so.

    • That Twitter is definitely legit; it was linked on the SFP official site.

      Can’t find anything that links to the soundcloud, but “Trio_DEMO” definitely sounds like his style. Probably safe to assume it’s him.

  26. Soon autumn, hurry to say goodbye to summer!).

  27. Check this. I put all credits to you :D

  28. Hi. Do you mind if I use the Japanese lyrics to practice from in my band? Thanks

  29. I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. If you would like to participate, here are the rules, instructions and questions:http://wp.me/p1ZpEV-6D . But if not, that’s fine; take this nomination as a compliment that we like your blog!

  30. Thank you so much for the lyrics! :)

  31. Hey there! I don’t want to be “that person” but the furigana of your title is 竹の葉 たけのは and should read “take no ha” instead of “koto no ha” should it not? I just ask because I’m linking to it in a blog post and I want to make sure I have the blog title right. Thanks!

  32. Wait, nevermind, I see the title of the blog is …VOICE. My bad!! Ignore me!

  33. Hi! I just found your blog when I was looking for the lyrics to Taiyou after watching Denpa Teki na Kanojo, and then I saw that you did piano transcriptions and played some pieces by ear in the past. I run a small community of anime pianists on plug.dj, and I pretty much invite anyone who plays the piano and likes anime music, so feel free to drop by and chat with anyone :D A lot of them have their own youtube channels and they’re pretty passionate about this stuff, and you seem to be too, so it would be cool :D Here’s the link: https://plug.dj/4068531347275908551

    I look forward to seeing you there sometime if you decide to check it out :)

  34. Thank you for always

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  36. Used here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9dQDDlCu_A&feature=youtu.be
    I changed some lyrics, but mainly just so they could be more readable while watching the video (trimmed longer sentences to be shorter, stuff like that)

  37. Hi ^_^

    I came across your blog when searching for anime lyrics, and read that you did take requests, so I was wondering if I could still ask your help for certain song/songs ^_^u

    In this case, I like doujin music, so I hope you don’t mind the genre :)

    For a gist on this series (Touhou), take a look at this:

    http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm29301675

    This could count as my first request actually xD, in case you like how it sounds. There are lots of songs on this series, and, along with kantai collection, both are two of the biggest doujin trends since a while.

    So, please let me know if this is ok, for the time being, thank you for your attention :), I’ll be waiting your kindly reply.

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