Monday, December 3, 2012

Fallen Paradise - 東京の紅葉

 

This year's fall colors are almost over.
However, I was able to take a quiet afternoon stroll into the midst of still swirling
and blooming colors, whispering leaves riding the chilly late autumn wind.
The month has turned, and already December is here. 

Let me show you the fall colors I found in Tokyo this year.

今年の紅葉も、もうすぐ終わっちゃうんだね。
こんなに綺麗な色なのに、あっという間に消えてしまう。。
どうして落ちなくてはいけないの?
春が来ると、また新しい葉っぱが生まれるために?
それでも、悲しいわ。。

せめて、写真の中で
この色と、この場所で
精一杯生きていたことを
残してみよう。


 

 今年も残りわずか
12月になって、振り返れば
いろんなことがあったよね、この一年間


 

It's been another year of joy, sorrow, discoveries, and myself ever-changing.
Ups and downs, stormy nights and peaceful sunny afternoons.
Old, worn leaves fallen away... bright new leaves pushing through to take their place.
Piece by piece, they fell about my roots and were swept away in the wind.


 

 一番好きな自分になりたい。
いつも素直に笑える自分になりたい。

成長する意味さえも、変わり続けていた日々だった。

 

 一人だった日々は、強くならなきゃー
って思って、少しずつ強くなっていた。

 

でも本当の強さを知ったのは、
あなたのそばにいる自分だった。

 

 Breathe in, breathe out...
All around, there is only a soft blanket of tranquility.
The scratching of insects upon the forest floor, a bird calling to its mate with resounding notes
quivering from one leaf to the next.

 

Thank you for your glorious color.




 

Thank you for everything you have given me, and that you always continue to give to me.
The towering trees, the blazing fire lighting these leaves which cannot be put out,
they inspire this ode, whisper their way into the tendrils of my soul
and ease this song out into the wild, open air.

Free.

 

 今は、この道だったら
迷っていてもいい。

きっと
何か特別なものを道辺に見つけて
歩き続けられるんでしょう。

 

The waterfall laughs, and I stop to listen.

 

A tiny leaf beams, "Look what a wonderful place I found to take a rest!"



 

The colors of fall are beautiful, and much too fleeting.
They make me think that life is almost the same, and that I would like to learn
how to better appreciate each colorful day,
just like the amazing colors in these trees from my walk that afternoon.

 

毎日を自分らしく生きて行こう。
後悔しないように、
本当に生きて行こう。


 

Fly.