賢者の極北 // Kenja no Kyokuhoku

I deserve a medal for translating another one of these Kuroiwa Satoshi lyric’d Shibayan songs (previous one being Clockup Flowers) though I’ll admit this one was easier…

I have been sitting on this partially finished translation for like over a month, sorry about that.

Note:
The title may also be translated as “The Philosopher’s Apex” – “Polar North” is being used as a limit, as the highest possible point.

賢者の極北
 Kenja no Kyokuhoku
 The Philosopher’s Polar North
ラクトガール~少女密室|東方紅魔郷
vocal. nachi
arrange. Shibayan
lyrics. 黒岩サトシ
circle. Shibayan Records
album. adrastea
event. C87

否定した事実さえも受け入れて <時が記憶を溶かしてゆく前に>
偏在の中でどれとなく正解を <神が運命を導いてゆく様に>

hitei shita jijitsu sae mo ukeirete <toki ga kioku wo tokashiteyuku mae ni>
hen’zai no naka de dore to naku seikai wo <kami ga sadame wo michibiiteyuku you ni>

Accepting even those facts I have denied, <before time melts my memories away>
I absentmindedly lift “truth” from an uneven distribution <as a god might guide fate>

繰り返す机上の空論も現状への不信感でも「正解」なんてこれっぽち定まりはしないわ
経験なんて目に見えて制限されてこの世界にいて了見だって狭窄して分厚い殻を破れない

kurikaesu kijou no kuuron’ mo gen’jou e no fushin’kan’ demo
 ”seijou” nan’te koreppochi sadamari wa shinai wa
keiken’ nan’te me ni miete seigen’ sarete kono sekai ni ite
 ryouken’ datte kyousaku shite buatsui kara wo yaburenai

Even if all these impractical theories only represent my disbelief of the status quo,
 there is no “normal” that stays certain or consistent over time
Deciding based on experience is setting yourself into a foolish worldly restriction,
 even with careful consideration you cannot break the thick walls of your narrow views

この知識さえ今揺らぎ続けてるから この知識ならばまだ付いてゆけるかな
殻を破れば何もかも今覆い尽くせるから
この世界すべて今頭の中にある 引きこまれてく

kono chishiki sae ima yuragi tsudzuketeru kara
 kono chishiki naraba mada tsuiteyukeru kana
kara wo yabureba nani mo ka mo ima ooitsukuseru kara
kono sekai subete ima atama no naka ni aru hikikomareteku

Even my current knowledge is still uncertain, swaying,
 so with my current knowledge I should be able to keep seeking
When I break out of this shell I’ll reach out over everything
Everything in this world is in my mind; everything, is being drawn in

喩えられたものたちはすべて形を持ち無限の箱庭で自在に動き出して
見下ろす者の瞳にはすべてが記録され
想像の欠如さえ即座に補完され得るエクリチュールだから深化を続ける
果てない相似形が合同に重なり合うまで
「時の終わり」それが定義だというならいつまでも付いてゆくから

tatoerareta mono tachi wa subete katachi wo mochi
mugen’ no hakoniwa de jizai ni ugokidashite
miorosu mono no hitomi ni wa subete ga kiroku sare
souzou no ketsujo sae sokuza ni hokan’ sareeru écriture dakara shinka wo tsudzukeru
hatenai soujikei ga goudou ni kasanariau made
“toki no owari” sore ga teigi da to iu nara itsumademo tsuiteyuku kara

Everything that has been represented with a model has form,
 in this infinite space inside my mind, can move freely
Everything is recorded in the observer’s eyes
Even the deficiencies in my imagination can be immediately supplemented by literature,
 and so my descent continues –
Until the endless simulations converge into one
If the “end of times” is but a definition, I’ll keep chasing after it forever

規定した模範さえも打ち消して <罪の意識に犯されてゆく前に>
哨戒の中でどこへでも跳躍を <神が自由を保証する様に>

kitei shita mohan’ sae mo uchikeshite <tsumi no ishiki ni okasareteyuku mae ni>
shoukai no naka de doko e demo chouyaku wo <kami ga jiyuu wo hoshou suru you ni>

Negating even established models, <before I am overcome with the consciousness of sin>
I can go wherever I please, even as I await retaliation <as when a god guarantees freedom>

この知識なら今何も拒まないわ この知識ならばまだ付いてゆけるなら
見下ろす者は何もかも今覆い尽くせるから
この世界すべて今心の中にある 触れられるから

kono chishiki nara ima nani mo kobamanai wa
 kono chishiki naraba mada tsuiteyukeru nara
miorosu mono wa nani mo ka mo ima ooitsukuseru kara
kono sekai subete ima kokoro no naka ni aru furerareru kara

With my current knowledge, I will not deny anything
 if with my current knowledge I can still keep seeking
The observer will cover over everything
Everything in this world is in my heart; everything, I can touch

創られたレプリカではもはや収まらない無限の箱庭は内在の”アナザーヘブン”
見下ろす者の愛はすべてに届くでしょう
現世の不満さえ即座に補完され得るエクリチュールだから進化を続ける
果てない理想形が現実に重なり合うまで
「不可能の証明」それが必須だというなら何もかも知り尽くすから

tsukurareta replica de wa mohaya osamaranai
 mugen’ no hakoniwa wa naizai no “another heaven”
miorosu mono no ai wa subete ni todoku deshou
gen’se no fuman’ sae sokuza ni hokan’ sareeru
 écriture dakara shin’ka wo tsudzukeru
hatenai risoukei ga gen’jitsu ni kasanariau made
“fukanou no shoumei” sore ga hissu da to iu nara
 nani mo ka mo shiritsukusu kara

No longer will this be contained in just the replicas that have been created,
 this infinite space inside my mind is already “another heaven”
The love of the observer will surely reach all
Everything I find wrong with the real world is immediately supplemented with literature,
 and so my descent continues –
Until my endless ideals converge wih reality
If there must exist “things that cannot be proven”,
I’ll just know everything there is

道なき道 答えなき問い 捲れば白紙だけ
いつか 問いなき問い 流れない時 壁に向かって歩くだけで
ただ 意思なき衝動 砂を掴んでも 「シーシュポスの神話」に
それが 意味なき意味 至るべき時 極北の零度、知識の先の
道なき道 答えなき問い 捲る白紙もない
いつか 問いなき問い 流れない時 壁にぶつかり立ち止まれば
ただ 意志なき衝動 砂を掴んでも 「シーシュポスの神話」に
それが 意味なき意味 至るべき時 極北の零度だとしても

michi naki michi kotae naki toi mekureba hakushi dake
itsuka toi naki toi nagarenai toki kabe ni mukatte aruku dake de
tada ishi naki shoudou suna wo tsukan’demo “sisyphus no shin’wa” ni
sore ga imi naki imi itaru beki toki kyokuhoku no reido, chishiki no saki no
michi naki michi kotae naki toi mekuru hakushi mo nai
itsuka toi naki toi nagarenai toki kabe ni butsukari tachidomareba
tada ishi naki shoudou suna wo tsukan’demo “sisyphus no shin’wa” ni
sore ga imi naki imi itaru beki toki kyokuhoku no reido da to shitemo

Roads without roads, questions without answers, turning the page the next is blank
Eventually, questions without questions, time without flow, just by walking towards a wall
There is only, impulse without intention, grasping at sand, it’s just another “Myth of Sisyphus”
That is, meaning without meaning, a predetermined time, zero degrees at the polar north
 the tip of knowledge’s
Roads without roads, questions without answers, turning the page the next is gone
Eventually, questions without questions, time without flow, running into a wall, standing still
There is only, impulse without intention, grasping at sand, it’s just another “Myth of Sisyphus”
That is, meaning without meaning, a predetermined time, even if it is
 zero degrees at the polar north,

「絶対」を吐き捨てて

“zettai” wo hakisutete

I will rid myself of any absolutes.

喩えられたものたちはすべて形を持ち無限の箱庭で自在に動き出して
見下ろす者の瞳にはすべてが記録され
想像の欠如さえ即座に補完され得るエクリチュールだから
深化を続ける果てない相似形が合同に重なり合うまで
「時の終わり」それが定義だというならいつまでも付いてゆくから

tatoerareta mono tachi wa subete katachi wo mochi
 mugen’ no hakoniwa de jizai ni ugokidashite
miorosu mono no hitomi ni wa subete ga kiroku sare
souzou no ketsujo sae sokuza ni hokan’ sareeru écriture dakara
shin’ka wo tsudzukeru hatenai soujikei ga goudou ni kasanariau made
“toki no owari” sore ga teigi da to iu nara itsumademo tsuiteyuku kara

Everything that has been represented with a model has form,
 in this infinite space inside my mind, can move freely
Everything is recorded in the observer’s eyes
Even the deficiencies in my imagination can be immediately supplemented by literature,
 and so my descent continues –
Until the endless simulations converge into one
If the “end of times” is but a definition, I’ll keep chasing after it forever

道なき道 答えなき問い 捲れば白紙だけ
いつか 問いなき問い 流れない時 壁に向かって歩くだけで
ただ 意思なき衝動 砂を掴んでも 「シーシュポスの神話」に
それが 意味なき意味 至るべき時 極北の零度、知識の先の
道なき道 答えなき問い 捲る白紙もない
いつか 問いなき問い 流れない時 壁にぶつかり立ち止まれば
ただ 意志なき衝動 砂を掴んでも 「シーシュポスの神話」に
それが 意味なき意味 至るべき時 極北の零度だとしても

michi naki michi kotae naki toi mekureba hakushi dake
itsuka toi naki toi nagarenai toki kabe ni mukatte aruku dake de
tada ishi naki shoudou suna wo tsukan’demo “sisyphus no shin’wa” ni
sore ga imi naki imi itaru beki toki kyokuhoku no reido, chishiki no saki no
michi naki michi kotae naki toi mekuru hakushi mo nai
itsuka toi naki toi nagarenai toki kabe ni butsukari tachidomareba
tada ishi naki shoudou suna wo tsukan’demo “sisyphus no shin’wa” ni
sore ga imi naki imi itaru beki toki kyokuhoku no reido da to shitemo

Roads without roads, questions without answers, turning the page the next is blank
Eventually, questions without questions, time without flow, just by walking towards a wall
There is only, impulse without intention, grasping at sand, it’s just another “Myth of Sisyphus”
That is, meaning without meaning, a predetermined time, zero degrees at the polar north
 the tip of knowledge’s
Roads without roads, questions without answers, turning the page the next is gone
Eventually, questions without questions, time without flow, running into a wall, standing still
There is only, impulse without intention, grasping at sand, it’s just another “Myth of Sisyphus”
That is, meaning without meaning, a predetermined time, even if it is
 zero degrees at the polar north,

創られたレプリカではもはや収まらない無限の箱庭は内在の”アナザーヘブン”
見下ろす者の愛はすべてに届くでしょう
現世の不満さえ即座に補完され得るエクリチュールだから進化を続ける
果てない理想形が現実に重なり合うまで
「不可能の証明」それが必須だというなら何もかも知り尽くすから

tsukurareta replica de wa mohaya osamaranai
 mugen’ no hakoniwa wa naizai no “another heaven”
miorosu mono no ai wa subete ni todoku deshou
gen’se no fuman’ sae sokuza ni hokan’ sareeru
 écriture dakara shin’ka wo tsudzukeru
hatenai risoukei ga gen’jitsu ni kasanariau made
“fukanou no shoumei” sore ga hissu da to iu nara
 nani mo ka mo shiritsukusu kara

No longer will this be contained in just the replicas that have been created,
 this infinite space inside my mind is already “another heaven”
The love of the observer will surely reach all
Everything I find wrong with the real world is immediately supplemented with literature,
 and so my descent continues –
Until my endless ideals converge wih reality
If there must exist “things that cannot be proven”,
I’ll just know everything there is

    • Eiki
    • March 29th, 2015

    Are you going to translate SUPER MOON too? :3

  1. I think nachi sings “現世” as ‘gense’ and not ‘utsushiyo’ (7th stanza and last one)?

    Good job though! These lyrics are really awesome, and so is your translation.

    • Thanks! and fixed. ^^

      • Spotted another one! Second stanza, first line. 定まり isn’t “kimari” but “sadamari” romanized.
        Geez though, these lyrics are so long and complicated, 黒岩サトシ sure likes to test our limits!

      • Thanks! I’ll fix it right away!

  2. Did you know I fucking luv you? Oh wait, maybe not lel.
    God bless u for translating this. *w*

    • Sal
    • April 1st, 2015

    Thanks for translating this! I gave it a shot, but it was… like grasping at sand. This translation is very impressive.

    However… listening to nachi and looking at the booklet, in the third line, I think 「正解」 is actually 「正常」.
    Also, what’s with the reading on 運命 in the second line? I can’t tell what I’m hearing but it’s not un’mei.

    Also, regarding クライム・ストーリーときみのウソ… If it would be helpful, I managed to transcribe the last lines as the following (the first two are in the booklet, just hard to read, while the last two are unwritten)

    いっそもう目を閉じて論理ゲームで遊ぼうか
    犯人捜しも恋もフーダニットには届かない

    憂鬱と夢うつつでも何も見えないの
    連れらる記述って

    The last syllable might be で, it’s kind of hard to tell.

    • Thanks! I’ll take a look – I typed it up a while ago so I haven’t looked at the booklet for some time…

      If un’mei is not un’mei it’s probably sadame, unless it’s something else fancier, I’ll check when I have chance when I get off work.

    • Meriole
    • April 3rd, 2015

    Finally, someone translate this song and it’s Kafka, the first ! Thanks you again. Personnaly, I must say this song is not simple to translate. And the lyrics impressive me. So, Patchouli has somes complex thoughts and reflexions ^^’!

    • Shou
    • April 8th, 2015

    BASED KAFKA

    I’ve been trying desperately to parse this song with my limited Nipponese but now I can continue my incessant lethargic days of singing Touhou music.

    • Kamekameha
    • August 4th, 2016

    Hi. I’ve read on some youtube comments that the name is translated incorrectly. Here’s the comment:

    Harimoto Jang1 semana atrás
    Thanks for upload! But unfortunately,
    [Title: Philosopher’s North Pole] is actually mistranslated.

    北極(Hok-kyoku) is North pole…
    極北(Kyoku-hoku) indicates Extreme North, Extreme Northern area, Reaching the critical-edge.

    In this case, nominative is Philosopher(Patchouli)… so it can be translated…
    極北=The acme of knowledge.

    Excuse my terrible Englrish.

    • I’m not going to change the title, because in the song they reference “zero degrees at the polar north” so changing it would mess up a bunch of stuff, but I added a note to clarify the meaning of the title.

      I never translated the tile as “North Pole” but “Polar North” (not that that makes much of a difference).

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