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Planetarian ~Chiisa na Hoshi no Yume~ – Hoshi Meguri no Uta

August 9, 2012

Hoshi Meguri no Uta – 星めぐりの歌 – Star Tour Song

あかいめだまのさそり
ひろげた鷲のつばさ
あおいめだまの小いぬ
ひかりのへびのとぐろ
オリオンは高くうたい
つゆとしもとをおとす

akai medama no sasori
hirogeta washi no tsubasa
aoi medama no koinu
hikari no hebi no toguro
ORION wa takaku utai
tsuyu to shimoto o otosu

The scorpion with eyes of red
The eagle’s wings outstretched
The little dog with eyes of blue
The coils of the snake of light
High above, Orion sings
Felling the dew and the branches

アンドロメダのくもは
さかなのくちのかたち
大ぐまのあしをきたに
五つのばしたところ
小熊のひたいのうえは
そらのめぐりのめあて

ANDOROMEDA no kumo wa
sakana no kuchi no katachi
ooguma no ashi o kita ni
itsutsu nobashita tokoro
koguma no hitai no ue wa
sora no meguri no meate

The clouds of Andromeda
Are the shape of a fish’s mouth
If you extend the length of the Great Bear’s paw
Five times northwards
Above the Little Bear’s forehead
Is the guide to our tour of the skies

Translator’s Notes:

The lyrics of this song are a poem by writer Miyazawa Kenji, which first appeared in his poetry collection Twin Stars (Futago no Hoshi) and also appeared in his well-known children’s novel Night on the Galactic Railroad (Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru). Miyazawa Kenji also wrote the music, which has been arranged by KEY composer Togoshi Magome for Planetarian.

The constellations referenced (but not named) in the song are Scorpio (the scorpion), Aquila (the eagle), Canis Minor (the little dog), Draco (the “snake of light”), Ursa Major (the Great Bear) and Ursa Minor (the Little Bear). The “guide to our tour of the skies” found above Ursa Minor’s forehead is Polaris, the North Star.

2 Comments
  1. Miho Sasaki permalink

    Dear EJ,
    I sent you an e-mail to the.genographer@gmail.com but bounced back so. I’m writing here to ask for your permission to re-post your translation of Planetarian ~Chiisa na Hoshi no Yume~ – Hoshi Meguri no Uta in my blog.

    In my blog, I’m planning to compare a few versions of ‘Hoshi Meguri no Uta’ and I’d like to refer to your version as well as Sarah Strong and Hiraga Rokuro’s.

    I would be most grateful if you could grant me your permission.

    Kind regards,

    Miho

    • Dear Miho,

      Please feel free to use my translation in your blog post! Thank you for asking.

      My email address is the.xenographer (at) gmail.com, with an X, if you want to get in touch with me again.

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