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Hirasawa Susumu (Unofficial) Lyrics & Other Sundry Translations

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General Hirasawa Vocabulary Notes:

- あんどう蒼 = Andou Soh = a Japanese author with a good sense of observation and a wicked sense of humor. She is also very open about her life as a male-to-female transgender woman. She seems to be a friend of Mr. Hirasawa and he reviewed a book of hers on his blog. He imitates her mannerisms and emoticons on Twitter a lot and usually writes "(c) Andou Soh" afterwards. :D (Ms. Andou has her own blog here.)

- "SP-2" = Hirasawa's abbreviation of a Thai word for male-to-female transgender people.

- "New half" = a Japanese term for male-to-female transgender people, along the lines of "ladyboy" in other countries. You can find "New Half Bars" in big Japanese cities and whatnot. Not that I would know, um.

- "MTF" = Male-to-female

- "GID" = Gender Identity Disorder

- "馬の骨" = uma no hone = horse bone = person of doubtful origin, nobody = what Hirasawa calls his fans. I can't make up my mind how to best translate this, but I think I'll go with "horse bones" since he occasionally makes bone-related jokes. But whenever you see "horse bones" here, just remember that it is mildly insulting. XD


11 Oct. 2009:
昨日はあんどう蒼講師からいろいろとレクチャーを受けていたのだ。長年の胸のつかえが 取れた。公衆の面前で笑うヒラサワ。見られたらたいへん

"Yesterday I received several lectures from Ms. Andoh Soh. The pressure that had been weighing on my heart for many years is gone. A Hirasawa who smiles in public--it'd be awful if someone saw me like that."


Whatever it was that she talked to him about, it's cute to imagine him smiling. And nice to know that he has friends whose opinion he respects like that. :)

8 Nov. 2009:
失われたプラグインを求めてスタジオ内を旅している。ここには魔境がいくつもあるので危険だ。たとえば15年前のSP-2生写真アルバムとか

"I am currently traversing my studio on a quest for a lost plug-in. But this place is dangerously full of demon-infested traps. For example, there's an album full of SP-2 photos from 15 years ago."
...you are now imagining Mr. Hirasawa sitting in his messy studio, surrounded by old CDs and floppy disks, with a photo album of beautiful Thai women in his hands. And a smile on his face.


14 Dec. 2009:
海外の某フォーラムやネットショップで私は性同一性障害だと思われていると思う。それで私が抱く感覚の理由は釈然としないが、とにかく誇らしく思う.

"In certain foreign forums and online stores I think I'm thought of as having Gender Identity Disorder. That alone doesn't satisfactorily explain my feelings on the matter, but at any rate I am proud of this."
...make of this statement what you will. I'm curious about what stores and forums he's referring to, though!


8 Nov. 2009, while working on the remake of "Solid Air," he tweeted the following anecdote:
ドラムを80年代風池袋雑居ビルの踊り場録音風にしてみた。そのビルの前で初めて私はMTFのGIDに足首をつかまれた。言っておくが「ニューハーフ」という言葉は完全に間違っているし何も意味していない。わかったか?馬の骨。
あのアルバムを作った時には、本当に池袋雑居ビル8階の階段踊り場にドラムをセットした。エレベーターのまん前だ。
エレベーターの扉が開くたびに中から出てくる人に謝っていたのは私だ。
勿論エレベーターが来るたびに録音は中断だ。あの時代はそのようにして個性的な音を作るのに苦労した。頭の悪いエンジニアとはいつもケンカだ。
それがどうだ?今じゃ似たような音はコンピューターで数回処理すれば出来てしまう。あの時代にこれが可能なら「謝り」もしなかったし、エンジニアともケンカしなくて済んだのに。
しかし、私は足首をつかまれていなかっただろう。いったい何が大事か分かったもんじゃない。
あの時足首をつかまれていなければ、「ミサイル」の「Sitthida Rakchatkul」も存在しない。ああ、目が回る。

"I tried making the drums [for 'Solid Air'] sound like they were recorded in the stairwell of a multi-tenant building in Ikebukuro in the 1980s. In front of that building was where I had my ankle grabbed by a MTF GID for the very first time. I'll tell you now, the word 'new half' is entirely incorrect and has no meaning. Got it, you horse bones?"

"Back when we made that album, we actually set up drums on the landing of the stairwell on the 8th floor of that building in Ikebukuro. Right in front of the elevator."

"I was the one who kept apologizing to everyone who came out when the elevator doors opened."

"Of course our sound recording was interrupted every time someone came out of the elevator. Back then we worked hard like that to create a unique sound. And I always got into fights with a stupid engineer."

"What's the point? Nowadays you can get that kind of sound just by processing it with the computer a few times. If that had been possible back then, I wouldn't have apologized to people and wouldn't have had to fight with the engineer."

"However, I probably would not have had my ankle grabbed. You never can tell what'll be important."

"If my ankle hadn't been grabbed then, the character Sitthida Rakchatkul in 'Missile' would not exist. Ah, it makes my head spin."


Even young Mr. Hirasawa magically attracts MTF transgender people. I believe this is a magic power at this point. This entry was originally posted at http://phonon-belt.dreamwidth.org/8954.html.

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I'm just saying... Good job on all these translations. I try to translate songs and tweets, but often I run into some in-joke or his usual bits of wordplay and general weirdness, and can't translate it well. It's all very interesting to read.

Thanks! Yeah, there are definitely a lot of things that don't make sense to me, but it's fun to try to decipher his words, isn't it? :)

Thanks for these translations. I wish I knew more Japanese, as trying to understand his tweets can be very confusing! I often check his Twitter through Google Translate, and usually get something along the lines of this:

Hail to the beggar 貰I panic! ! Recently, Kashiwa, Chiba, Nagareyama, Matsudo, measured at the "Environmental Radiation Information The University of Tokyo (Kashiwa)" agreement with measurements. Out here are higher than other measurement systems. Measurement, but in the car while driving from the direction of moving towards Tsukuba Tiba, there was no trend towards lower values.
6:36 PM Apr 13th via web
Have a nice day. I went to there are things to do in Chiba Prefecture. Tokyo Area in Chiba Prefecture to say now. Mostly from primary 200km. Geiger counter from the primary site in Ibaraki Prefecture where 180km unchanged. Deta rather slightly higher.
1:54 AM Apr 12th via web
This is also obvious. Unfortunately, only the Win. http://retouch.xsrv.jp/RmpView/index.html
4:11 AM Apr 11th via web
Have a nice day without the sleeves! My Geiger counter unchanged from yesterday. Monitoring posts around the other, the measure was referred to the volunteer or parts.
9:15 PM Apr 10th via web
In fact, the music ... Shiroto.
7:48 AM Apr 10th via web
Well, at least the machine clicks Raretai authorized erased. The shed seems Abacus Accounting beside her sister and ringing, as about 手伝Itaku.
7:35 AM Apr 10th via web
Does not help that people can see my machine numbers streaming Tatazu example, in relation to machine a good relationship rather I mean that only valid for BG I measurement value and relative value What Yoroshikarou? Do not make music like that to be "divine" I readily agreed with that you ask for?
7:29 AM Apr 10th via web



Aaaaaaaa…. ???! O_o :-S >_< ???! It sense make no. So translations are much appreciated!

P.S. 'Horse bones' as an insult is awesome. I plan to use this. XD

I'm imagining P-MODEL trying to record in front of an elevator. As much as Hirasawa had to apologize every time somebody came out, I imagine the whole band must have been been muttering a string of curses to themselves once the 20th person or so came through the elevator, haha. You know, sicne Tanaka left after the album Perspective, I wonder if he was tired of recording in stairwells! Also, I've never heard of a dancing area in a stairwell...

I think the whole response Hirasawa makes to some people thinking he has GID is interesting, because he doesn't say anything like "no I'm 100% male, you horse bones". I have the feeling he might want to just throw the whole gender binary thing out the window, and won't suppress any traits that seem as "too male" or "too female".

And I think that's pretty neat actually. Now saying to be proud of that might seem odd, but there's probably a chance he doesn't see it as a disorder. I have to admit that personally gender related issues being cataloged in the source of all sources for psychiatric disorders currently known as the DSM-IV-TR. But you know, homosexuality used to be in an earlier revision and it got taken out. Not being able to live true to yourself is the real problem I think.

At any rate, I imagine that indeed it wouldn't fully explain his feelings on the matter. The diagnosis itself seems to be really just on MTF and FTM, and I think that if he wanted to just go straight from "male" to "female" he would have done so by now. I'd respect that choice but he would have an entirely different singing voice (well, voice in general), and he has
such a lovely one now.

*Also in relation to what he didn't respond with, I'm getting an image of a "MANLYsawa". Now that would be terrifying.

**Also I'm imagining Hirasawa with a sort of a bashful smile after reading the first couple of tweets there. I feel compelled to mash on the keyboard and end it with <3.

I've never heard of a dancing area in a stairwell
Yeah, me neither. No idea what he meant. Could be a typo. Or maybe it's a club with stairs inside and so they planted themselves there? Who knows.

I have the feeling he might want to just throw the whole gender binary thing out the window, and won't suppress any traits that seem as "too male" or "too female".
I suspect it's something like that, though it's hard to know. I admit I thought of him as rather manly (LOL "MANLYsawa"), but then when I saw my first video clip of him chatting seriously with some SP-2s in Thailand my immediate reaction was "he sits with them like he's their sister!" and since then I perceive him as much more androgynous. Such an interesting character.

there's probably a chance he doesn't see it as a disorder
Oh, good point! Yeah, I can't imagine him thinking of GID as a sickness or disorder, since he seems to have such respect and affection for people who are transgender. And from his blog posts I have the impression that he is fascinated by the paradox of someone moving between male and female to become something beyond those two genders, and by the paradox of undergoing an artificial process to achieve the true "natural" gender. And seeing as he's a bit of rebel himself, the sight of other people overcoming hardship to become their true selves is probably something he can relate to, regardless of what, if any, gender things he has going on in his personal life.

I am waiting for his photo-essay book about SP-2s to arrive. I hope it will offer a bit more insight into that world. :)

Hirasawa with a sort of a bashful smile
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

why is there so much art fodder aaaaaaa

I think Hirasawa is the type of person who generally does not give a shit about "proper" gender roles. Do what you do, man. Haters gonna hate.

That anecdote about Solid Air is golden, haha.

Even young Mr. Hirasawa magically attracts MTF transgender people. I believe this is a magic power at this point.
Nothing magical about it. Hirasawa (at all ages) is a looker, let's not lie~


I keep trying to rein in my fangirlish impulses here lest I scare away the average reader coming for some plain old lyrics, but I must pause and agree 100% with the following statement:

Hirasawa (at all ages) is a looker, let's not lie~

Even just trying to decide which era of Hirasawa is my favorite to look at leads to about 10 minutes of flailing before total brain meltdown. No wonder people want to grab his ankles when they see him in real life.

The man is handsome, so shame in admitting it~
Thank god you agree though. I was thinking that might be a little weird.

The world need more pictures of Mandrake era Hirasawa. /my 2 cents

Agreeing here might be a bit redundant, but I can't help it, haha.

Some of the other members of P-MODEL are/have been adorable or handsome, resulting in some line-ups having multiplied attractiveness appeal~ (It's magic!)

Seconding this to the max

Hey, great job for all these translations.
Just a minor part, but 踊り場 doesn't literally meaning dancing floor.
It means staircase landing in Japanese.
So he recorded his music actually on stairs and that's why he had to apologize anyone came out from the elevator.

OOH. THAT MAKES SO MUCH MORE SENSE.

Thank you for the correction, I'll go back and fix it. :)

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