Archive for May 12th, 2017

祭符「神遊びの唄」 // Saifu: Kamiasobi no Uta

I told myself I’d translate this song about two weeks ago…. about a month ago…. about 4 months ago… about 8 months ago… a year ago.

Well since it’s already past Reitaisai 14 and it’s been a year since this song came out, I suppose it’s time to finally get around to doing it huh?

I just finished my finals and am feeling like using the other half of my brain, so here it goes.

Whew though. I had to break out my classical Japanese dictionary for the first time in a long while. A lot of words don’t really mean the same thing as they used to. Or rather, what they used to mean can be wildly different from what they mean now.

Notes:
A tamagushi is a Shinto offering made from a sasaki branch and paper.

The third line is a play on a play on words in a semi-famous poem about kagura ↓
「かご山やさか木の枝ににぎかけてその―思ひこそやれ」〈夫木・一八〉

While “forbidden zone” is a literal interpretation of the word (来無処), it’s also used to mean a fork in the road. As in you can’t keep going straight, you have to turn some way or another. The god associated with forks in the road is also associated to the Mishaguji curse gods that Suwako commands as well. (It’s all really just a bunch of really obscure wordplay.)

A couple of stanzas are direct references to Suwako’s spell cards.

祭符「神遊びの唄」
 Saifu “Kamiasobi no Uta”
 Festival Sign “The Song for God’s Amusement”
明日ハレの日、ケの昨日|東方風神録
ネイティブフェイス|東方風神録
Vocal: めらみぽっぷ
Arrange+Lyrics: RD-Sounds
Circle: 凋叶棕
Album: 掲 -kakage-
Event: Reitaisai 13

さあ 緋の袖 玉櫛 鈴打ち鳴らし
御前に はれのひ ただ舞うたらば
かご山 やさか 木の枝 にぎかけ
やうやう 響け 供に遊ばせ

saa hi no sode tamagushi suzu uchinarashi
omae ni hare no hi tada mau taraba
kagoyama yasaka ki no eda nigikake
youyou hibike tomo ni asobase

Scarlet sleeves waving with tamagushi offerings and ringing bells…
But of course, if we are to dance in the gods’ presence on this festival day
So take up the jeweled sasaki branches of Kagoyama with paper streamers
Let us dance together as we call out and let our music ring!

振り放け見遣れば未闢の幻想郷に
まつろうものの姿のあらんことを

furisake miyareba migyaku no daichi ni
matsurou mono no sugata no aran’ koto wo

Looking far off into an uncivilized land of illusion
I pray that there may come one to govern over it

遠くに知るか
果てども無き原風景

tooku ni shiru ka
hatedo mo naki keshiki

Shall I reign far and wide
Over this endless landscape?

遠くは遥か
これは見守る原風景

tooku wa haruka
kore wa mamoru keshiki

Distant and vast
This is a land to protect

緑の山に
瀬渡斯くやも
萌える色出る
玉のごとくに

midori no yama ni
sewatari kaku ya mo
moeru iro idzuru
tama no gotoku ni

See those green mountains
With their flowing streams
What flourishing color abounds!
They are like jewels

咲かせよ咲かせ
さてもみなうつくし
迎える命
歓喜び咲うこと

sakase yo sakase
sate mo mina utsukushi
mukaeru inochi
yorokobi warau koto

Blossom, yes blossom!
Look how beautiful you are!
As I see the life presented me
On my face a smile blossoms in delight

涼れにそよぐ
彩を織り成す
萌える色出る
錦のごとく

nagare ni soyogu
iro wo orinasu
moeru iro idzuru
nishiki no gotoku

Rustling in the flow
Life weaving its hues
What flourishing color abounds!
They are like a brocade

祭に添えては 祀に同じと

matsuri ni soete wa matsuri ni onaji to

In being like a festival, this is the same as an offering to me

踏めよ来無処 ここよりこちら
さあさ 一踏
宴の開く

fume yo kunado koko yori kochira
saa sa ittou
utage no hiraku

Dance around the forbidden zones, hither here hither there
Come now, jump!
The party has just begun!

遊べよ 命懸け
その酣なること
交われ 御魂ごと
それの在ることを知れよ

asobe yo inochi kake
sono takenawa naru koto
majiware mitama goto
sore no aru koto wo shire yo

Dance with your life on the line
The risk is the height of it all
Sift through with all your soul
And know what I say to be true

さあ
ニ、ニ、一で
拡散がる弾幕に
その身を賭して避けたらば

saa
ni ni no hitotsu de
hirogaru keshiki ni
sono mi wo toshite saketaraba

Now we begin!
With two bows two claps and one bow!
If you will gamble your life
To dodge through this curtain fire landscape,

奉避る舞となって
神祭ろうと楽ばすように

sasageru ugoki to natte
ware matsurou to asobasu you ni

May your dodging movements be
A dance of offering, of reverence to me

舞はぬものならば口より呑ませ
巧ならずば口より呑ませ
身にところせしことその末代まで
身のところせしことその末代まで

mawanu mono naraba kuchi yori nomase
takumi narazuba kuchi yori nomase
mi ni tokoroseshi koto sono matsudai made
mi no tokoroseshi koto sono matsudai made

For those who will not dance, make them drink their fill!
For those who are unskilled, make them drink their fill!
May there be curses on you and your offspring!
May you be cursed, you and your offspring!

人にも知るは
夢の噺と寝
悠けく眠れ
永遠の花褥

hito ni mo shiru wa
yume no hanashi to ne
harukeku nemure
towa no hana shitone

What even humans know
Are talk of dreams and slumber
So sleep in a deep distant dream
On an eternal bed of flowers

避けねば咲かず
さても去ぬるべく
舞え舞え舞うより
その道は無く

sakeneba sakazu
sate mo inurubeku
mae mae mau yori
sono michi wa naku

If you do not dodge, you will not blossom
If you do not, you are destined to die
There is not option left of you but
To dance and dance and dance some more

手足も塞ぐ
さても狭き道を
くぐるは猛き
ものの仕業なれば

teashi mo fusagu
sate mo semaki michi wo
kuguru wa takeki
mono no shiwaza nareba

As making one’s way down this narrow path
Despite being shut in by hand and foot
Is a feat only the most
Fierce and courageous may perform,

鉄の鑰持て
かつての神話
遍く伝えて
うち滅ばさん

tetsu no kagi mote
katsute no aragoto
amaneku tsutaete
uchihorobasan’

In return, wielding my iron rings
I shall show offer you a reenactment
Of that legendary battle of yore
As I wreck havoc upon you

祭に添えては 祀に同じと

matsuri ni soete wa matsuri ni onaji to

In being like a festival, this is the same as an offering to me

跨げ来無処 手の鳴る方へ
さあさ 一踏
宴の開く

matage kunado te no naru hou e
saa sa ittou
utage no hiraku

Dance over the forbidden zones, following the clapping hands
Come now, jump!
The party has just begun!

遊べよ 命懸け
それが妙なること
交われ 御魂ごと
それの在ることを知れよ

asobe yo inochi kake
sore ga tae naru koto
majiware mitama goto
sore no aru koto wo shire yo

Dance with your life on the line
The risk is what makes it sublime
Sift through with all your soul
And know what I say to be true

さあ
ニ、ニ、一で
拡散がる弾幕
その身合わせて奏すれば

saa
ni ni no hitotsu de
hirogaru utagoe
sono mi awasete sou sureba

Now we begin!
With two bows two claps and one bow!
When you sing along with your motions
Enveloped by this song of curtain fire

祝避の詞となって
神祀ろうと唄わすように

iwai no kotoba to natte
ware matsurou to utawasu you ni

May your voice be as words of celebration
A song of offering, of reverence to me

遊べよ 命懸け
その美しきこと
交われ 御魂ごと
それの在ることを知れよ

asobe yo inochi kake
sono utsukushiki koto
majiware mitama goto
sore no aru koto wo shire yo

Dance with your life on the line
The risk is what makes it beautiful
Sift through with all your soul
And know what I say to be true

さあ
ニ、ニ、一で
拡散がる弾幕に
はるけく鬨を響かせば

saa
ni ni no hitotsu de
hirogaru keshiki ni
harukeku toki wo hibikaseba

Now we begin!
With two bows two claps and one bow!
If you will let ring far your battle cries
Through this curtain fire landscape,

掲げる符名となって
神も演者をも楽ばすように

kakageru kotoba to natte
ware mo hito wo mo asobasu you ni

May your cries be raised as spells
Which will please both the masses and me

祭りは未だ終わらず
即ち明日のちまた明日

matsuri wa imada owarazu
sunawachi hare nochi mata hare

This festival is far from over
In other words, the day after a festival is yet another one!