Nakigahara

Romaji and English translation of the song 泣ヶ原 (Nakigahara) from the album DIM by the GazettE.

Translator's Notes
  • Lyrics originally sung in English are in italics in the translation.
  • Words or phrases I felt were implied are in [brackets].
  • I also (usually) put repeats of chorus/verses/stanzas in [brackets] if they’re not written that way in the original lyrics for ease of singing along.
  • Any comments I had during the romajization/translation process will be included as footnotes so as not to disturb the flow of the song. They’re not required reading, but Ruki does some pretty nifty things with his lyrics/kanji choices, or sometimes there’s further explanations about words or phrases in there.

Nakigahara: Romaji

Ansoku ni kureru haruiro     wasurete shimaeru mono naraba
Kyuukai no bini ryoume shizume     tada     kodokuna no dato waraeru
Daisan ni kawareru haruiro     iki hisome nukarumi wo oyogu

BATA ashi de oborete yuku zama wa souzou toori de tsumaranai
Genjitsu wo korosu kikite yori
Tayasuku kizu wo kitsukereta darou na wo umete

Fuhaishita ne ga minamo yurasu     yugamu you ni meguru haguruma
Kishimu ne ni mimi wo katamukeru     kirei ni kurueteru darou ka
Subete wa kinku no asai umi     azayaka to mimachigaeru hodo     kegare

Sayounara     muhou no yami ni ochite yuku
Sayounara     kore de owari

Namida     doukoku no ame     kyomu to mukiau tabi afure
Tsudzuru kotoba ga nijimu
Namida     itsuka wa kare     seijaku ni korosareru
Kagefumi no owari ni chimayoi

Fuhai shita nega minamo yurasu     yugamu you ni mawaru haguruma
Kishimu ne ni mi wo nage kidzuita     SORE to nite iru koto ni kidzuita

Sayounara     muhou no yami ni ochite yuku
Sayounara     kore de owari

Namida     doukoku no ame     kyomu to mukiau tabi afure
Tsudzuru kotoba ga nijimu
Namida     kodoku to chiru     seijaku ni ikiru nara
Nido to waraenu you ni kizande

Anata wo aishita watashi ga iru     anata wo mitsumeta watashi ga iru
Anata wo motometa watashi ga iru     anata wo nakushita watashi ga iru
Watashi wo aishita anata ga iru     watashi wo mitsumeru anata ga iru
Watashi wo kowashita anata ga iru     watashi wo ubatta anata ga iru
Watashi wo koroshita anata ga iru
[Watashi wo koroshita anata yo
Watashi wo koroshita anata ga iru]


Mournful Wilderness1: Translation

If the colors of spring, which drive me mad with their serenity          were something I could completely forget
I would rather     immerse my eyes into the beauty of decay          and simply smile at my solitude2
Those colors of spring are for others, [not us]     so, holding my breath, I wade into the sludge

It’s as pointless as I imagined, pathetically drowning when you can swim instead3
With my dominant hand4 that destroys reality
It was so easy to hurt people
I enter my name5

The decayed roots6 cause ripples on the water’s surface     and the misshapen gears continue to turn
I listen carefully to the grinding sound [they make]     and I wonder if they will go completely out of control?
Everything is a superficial sea of taboo words     so filthy     it can be mistaken for beautiful

Goodbye     I immerse myself in dark anarchy
Goodbye     this is the end

Tears,     a rain of weeping;     faced with emptiness, they overflow
The words I’ve written begin to blur together
Tears;     in time, they will dry up     and I’ll be destroyed by the silence
When this game of shadow tag7 ends, I’ll lose my mind

The decayed roots cause ripples on the water’s surface     and the misshapen gears continue to turn
I realized that by throwing myself towards the grinding sound [they make]     now I’ve become just like ‘that’8

Goodbye     I immerse myself in dark anarchy
Goodbye     this is the end

Tears,     a rain of weeping;     faced with emptiness, they overflow
The words I’ve written begin to blur together
Tears     fall in my loneliness;     if I’m to live in this silence
I realize I’ll never be able to laugh again

I have loved you;     I have gazed at you [in longing]
I have searched for you;     I have lost you
You have loved me;     you have gazed at me [in longing]
You have broken me;     you have stolen me away
You have killed me
[You who killed me
You have killed me]


  1. While 泣ヶ原 Nakigahara is apparently real location synonymous with “someone waiting in isolation and grief for a loved one who never shows up,” I still chose to translate the title because it kind of has a double meaning – the actual location, and also the lonely wilderness he likens the online world to (see next note for more info on that).
  2. Ruki has said this song is about the Internet, and how easy it is to lose your sense of responsibility and compassion and basic humanity in the impersonal interactions you have. This person wants to lose themselves in the solitude of the dark side of the Internet, where they can be anonymous and do whatever they want, versus staying in reality (the “colors of spring”).
  3. This line basically says, “It’s so easy to be made fun of online, but it’s much nicer if you’re the one being mean.”
  4. “Dominant hand” as in, if they’re right-handed, it’s their right hand; if they’re left-handed, it’s their left hand. Basically, the hand that uses the mouse when you’re on a computer.
  5. Filling in a form field, like when you make a comment online.
  6. The words used, 腐敗した根 fuhaishita ne, can be translated literally as “decayed roots,” or alternately as “depraved true nature [of a person].” This is a really cool line because it keeps the whole Internet/sludgy mire metaphor while also alluding to the bad people who tend to lurk in the shadows and attack others online.
  7. 影踏み kagefumi refers to a game children play where one person is “it” (the “ogre”), and they have to step on another child’s shadow to turn them into the “ogre” so they’ll be “it.”
  8. So instead of just observing the warped, mean behavior, they’re now participating in it, becoming warped and mean as well.

DIM album cover art © 2009 King Records / JPU Records

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