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Futoshi: Well, I guess you could say “Utai Sarishi Hana” is even more of a conclusion-like thing. But, the real conclusion (“Re:BIRTH”) is repeating a question asked by “BIRTH”. After all, yesterday and today are the same as the pain which might come tomorrow, because I think that a thing called loving will just be more pain. And there is also a fear where we worry if if a thing called “important things exist” will result in the same pain. But, it’s impossible to not treat things importantly, and for that reason we have no choice but to love and treat things importantly, noticing those things. Because what we lose are very important things… You might say we should realize that before we lose them, but if we lose them and regret it, when we remember them, we’ll get used to it happening commonly. On the inside, we have no choice but to learn that. We wrote the song with those kind of feelings.

So in that meaning, there’s a thing called “continiously repeating”?

Futoshi: Yeah. Even in that repitition, people are still humans, so they are always changing… But a variety of things change. Learning so that you don’t repeat your old mistakes is a thing which everyone will surely always remember.

Still, I think there is a sensation in all the foundations of what Futoshi wrote in the lyrics. Important things will someday be lost, so for that reason we have to treat today importantly.

Futoshi: Yes, so I guess that’s what I decided as the theme. That approach was always changing. So, what can be said now was said in this album.

I see. But even so, this album has a lot of different kinds of songs lined up, and yet there are a lot of very “strong” songs.

Futoshi: Well, we don’t really know what’s strong…

mayuko: But we made sure each one was treated very importantly…

Futoshi: Still, it’s because we can’t see it from the outside. I think that everyone doesn’t really know this album that well yet (laughs).

TASSHI: Yeah, it hasn’t been long enough to know what kind of album this was.

Well, in everyones individual opinion, if you talk about what song is left over, what song is it?

mayuko: It is “Re:BIRTH” for me. It really is a good finishing song, but I think this song can do something really amazing… I like it. The feeling of the strings is beautiful, and I think we couldn’t feel the sound of the timpani until now. Also, even I can sing the melody and lyrics of the chorus (laughs).

TASSHI: For me, it’s Velonica. In one song, we make a lot of different feelings come out, when as before, although we could still express this song, it would take 2 or 3 songs to do it. I think we can summarize the variety of parts of such different feelings in one song now. The song made me think that we can do so many more types of songs now.

TASSHI: For me, it’s One. After we finished this album, I would always listen to this song. It really leaves an impression.


Futoshi: Because I like that song (laughs).

(Laughs). Isn’t this a “positive” song? The positive lyrics of  <de ii no desu (…is fine)> are unusually frequent.

Futoshi: Ah… I’ve been able to make songs with warmth in them. I don’t know what that’s called, but while listening to it once it’s completed, my heart became clear. Not everything is done so fantastically, but I like the song.


Daisuke: Well, for me, it’s Kono Hoshi Ni. The signficance that exists there is very deep, in this album, and in myself (laughs). But massigura is the same too.

This song is very fast, don’t you think?

Daisuke: Yes it is (laughs). In the life of my guitar, it’s never played so fast. Up until here, I felt like “I finished playing!” (?) (laughs). In the chorus, it’s really fast, but there’s a lot of music to play, so I feel really good listening to it. There’s something which you can really feel in it. I think that because it becomes a different world when I’m playing such a song live, it is also really fun.

OKP-STAR: For me, it’s STAY GOLD. Like I said a while ago, even there were a lot of strong songs on this album, this is the one where you can really feel its strength. It is something which really pierces you, the sound, the lyrics, and the song. With a simple arrangement and no interludes, the main theme of the intro guitar  is repeated through the whole thing. However, you can feel the strength in that simplicity.

Yes. In this song, there is a part where you say “tori ga sora wo wataru you ni” and “kaze ga hana wo yurasu you ni”. That feels like it’s releated towhat appears at the end of “Utai Sarishi Hana”, the “nukeochita hana yo” and “utai satta hana yo” phrase. What does that mean to you personally?

mayuko: Honestly, I have no idea (laughs)

TASSHI: I don’t know the link

Futoshi: Me neither (laughs).

TASSHI: Wait, there isn’t a link? (laughs)

OKP-STAR: I like that part….

mayuko: I was correct? (laughs)

(Laughs) Even if that’s so, this song might really be the middle of the album.

OKP-STAR: Yes. I wanted to make this song a lot.

Well, having  pieces of work that have been compilated by that many “strong” s0ngs, there was a message that was said word by word at the end.

mayuko: Yes. From the beginning, when we were self produced, we could do this then too, but I’ve learned there are still a bunch of things we can’t do. Of course, we tried as hard as we could, but it will be fun from here on still. Doing things like that, I think it would be great if we could get the people listening to think the music will be fun from here on.

Daisuke: Listening to this album, certainly I hope that people will come to lives. Also, when we preform live, we ourselves are having fun and hope that the same can happen with the people who come to watch us preform. So, we’re getting people to listen, and getting people to come to our lives, and I hope that we can enjoy they songs in the same room.

TASSHI: Up until now, to the people who listen to Aqua Timez, there has always been a variet of different feelings in songs. But I feel like we’ve made an album with a variety of stories. Still, even to the people who have only heard one song on the album or something, there are songs which echo in their hearts. If we can get these people to put that into feelings, then I hope they will listen to the rest of the songs (laughs).

OKP-STAR: Yeah, I want the people who haven’t listened yet to listen for just once. And I want them to come to lives.

Futoshi: I really think we are 5 adults. The meaning of that is that we continued to make this album as 5 people, and I think we even made it a declaration of our intentions. In the process of making it, we tried our bests, and when we went over it together, we all thought it was a valuable experience. Thus, we went over a lot of things. Now, in the significance of making such an album, I think it became an album which faces towards the future. Therefore, I think it has became an album which can get fans to listen to and have responsibility without hesitation. That is the same for people who haven’t listened yet. I think we’ve really came to want people to listen to the album. Thus, I think we can get people to listen and a lot of peopel to buy this album.


No way I’m translating another interview until the next single. This was hell…


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If you type in “Google translate can’t translate” it translates it as “Google’s translate can translate”

Is it REALLY that hard for them to learn the different between can and can’t??? honestly, people who’ve been learning japanese for a week could translate better than google -_-

Cannot, Can not, Can’t, whatever… It all translates as “can”

Why does google even have such a piece of crap on their website?

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About the Header…

It’s from this

I plan to do one of every song… DB

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I’m 95% sure that if someone does upload the final live performance of the still connected tour (it will be played on the internet), we’ll be able to see them. It seems that they play those songs acoustically, from what I’ve seen on the japanese blogs

Shizuka na Koi no Monogatari is listened too, but there’s no electric guitar in that song anyway.

I wonder if they mean accoustic as in just Futoshi and Daisuke or the whole band but with an acoustic guitar?

I don’t know.

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Written on the sign which I found in a white, white forest was
“In order to not regret what happened today when it’s tomorrow, you have to live your life”
I, who awoke from my dream, will chase the meaning of those words
I leave my room thinking that it’s a problem I can’t answer even if I think about it
Even by the green of a tree-lined street, where the sky is so blue
People go on their way without even knowing how to use kindness
Young people are being hurt from coming in contact with other people
And thus are beginning to not know the courage that is born from coming in contact with others

You’re not the only one who is alone
I’m not the only one who is alone

I blew my dreams into a balloon with all my mind
But that balloon which has always been lighter than reality kept sinking in the blue sky
If I could become a flower…
If I could become the wind…
If I could become a bird…
I must think like that because I’m a human
We’re searching for “someone” that isn’t ourselves
We’re trying to return to “somewhere” that isn’t here
Even If I bury 99 out of 100 of them with reason
The last piece is a shapeless piece called love

You’re not the only one who wants to be loved
I’m not the only one who’s freezing
You’re not the only one who is alone
I’m not the only one who is alone

So let’s raise our hands to the air, and sketch out our dreams
It’s okay even if we’re laughed at, just shout out your love
With your fragile shaking lonliness which feels like it could collapse
Now let’s raise our hands to the air, and sketch out our dreams
Being full of scars, sing out your love
Even if you want to cry, you should do it so that your wish can echo in the sky of someone who has been told they can’t cry

No matter how many times I see that dream where I wander around in that white, white forest
The words on that sign continue to silently exist without saying anything
I am a boy who has become an adult and repeats his regrets
I know, I know… The hands on the clock won’t turn back
I can hear someones voice, it’s like a faint SOS which I can’t quite understand
It keeps getting erased in these noisy days

Is there anything I can do?
If there is, maybe we could sing together… if that’s alright

You’re not the only one who wants to be loved
I’m not the only one who’s freezing
You’re not the only one who is alone
I’m not the only one who is alone

So let’s raise our hands to the air, and sketch out our dreams
It’s okay even if we’re laughed at, just shout out your love
So that you can lift up the sound of light that has fallen to the bottom of silence
Now let’s raise our hands to the air, and sketch out our dreams
Being full of scars, sing out your love
Do it so that, even if it’s only for a single second,
The skies of you and me can become one


Turns out the whole “White Forest” was just a dream…

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Well, was the song which is used as the title of this album, “Utai Sarishi Hana”, a good song to finish the album?

TASSHI: It’s a good way to end the album

Futoshi: The prototype of that song was a very prototype-like thing, because it was originally from a very far off time

What time is it from?

Futoshi: A long time ago… Before we debuted, we made the plans for this song.

What was the reason you made songs from that period in the end of your album work?

Futoshi: If you want to know that, ask OKP…

OKP-STAR: Well, “Utai Sarishi Hana” is from when I first met with Futoshi… About 2001.

Futoshi: From when we made a demo tape together, right?

OKP-STAR: Yes, yes.

Futoshi: From when we were still uses cassettes to record our demos…. (Laughs) It’s from the time where we would listen to the demos we made and say things like “This is great!”, and luckily, none of us chose to leave. (Laughs)

OKP-STAR: Yes, yes. (Laughs) We thought that nobody would ever join our band (laughs), but I’ve always liked this song. Although the arrangement was different from now, the feeling of the song has stayed the same. The chord progression has mostly not changed. I’ve always liked it since that time… And since nobody ever left our band, we figured that someday people would join.

Futoshi: People did decide to join, but only in their own way (laughs).

OKP-STAR: Is that so? (Laughs). But, in the song that included that, I think everyone wanted to include that in this “Utai Sarishi Hana”.

mayuko: Right.

OKP-STAR: We were all confident it would turn out great. So, once everyone had thought about their own parts, we finally reached this arrangement. Because everyone did their own parts, and I did too, when such details which were worked out, we finally reached this polished arrangement.


mayuko: Well, listening to the arrangement that OKP made with this timing, eventually everyone agreed that we should make it like this. It became an arrangement where we could all do things in our own way.

OKP-STAR: I tried to arrange the song while imagining it as the last song of the album. Because, like “Shiroi Mori” which finished “Kaze wo Atsumete”, or “Boku no Basho ~Evergreen~” which finished “Dareka no Chijou E”, an image of something like the end of such an album was in everyone for one reason or another. We thought that for sure that this “Utai Sarishi Hana” would be used at the end of the album, so I tried to arrange it while imagining that. that’s how we made the song.

Very nice.

OKP-STAR: You can notice it sometimes (laughs).

Well, when you finished this song, regarding to this album, was it not a very important moment?

Futoshi: It was. When we finally finished this song, we finished the album as a result. It even became the title… We thought it was very good.

How did you decide on the album title?

Futoshi: We had a lot of ideas for the album title, but we figured this one would be the best. I think I sang what I should have for it, and we played the sound which we should have played on it. So, we chose the name of this song to be the name of the album without hesitation.

What do you mean by, “I sang what I should have sang on it”?

Futoshi: Still, what I consider to be important now, will someday not be important. But, that thing which won’t be important will probably be living without paying to much attention to the year. I think I’ve had a lot of chances to be taught such a thing. I think it’s a thing which will be taught to the people that aren’t here now. Despite that, even the value of what’s here we surely don’t know. But so, I think that  place is the place where human’s foolishness’s are. But, because I only don’t know, and deciding our resolutions in our own foolish ways, now, it’s what I can sing. So, it’s a place where I can sing my own resolution. Still, as a person who is not there yet, it’s what I can do, because I am still here.

If I remember correctly, up until now Aqua Timez has been been making lyrics that feel like one compilation-like feeling that you sang, right?

Futoshi: Yes. At any rate, in this song we worked out the details. I think we wrote it with feelings that were better than usual. To be in the title of the album, such an important song had to be really good.

And, after that, you started and finished the album with songs called “BIRTH” and “Re:BIRTH”, right?

Futoshi: Yes, so eventually it didn’t really end up being the last song (laughs).

OKP-STAR: I too was thinking that, and I said it (laughs). It never did end up being the end.

Futoshi: And after that the album version of “Niji” was included. So, it ended up being the third song from the end (laughs).

(Laughs) . What kind of feelings did you put into “BIRTH” and “Re:BIRTH”?

Futoshi: We decided that we’d made this album by writing each song individually some time ago. But still, on the inside, our personalities wanted to make it flow… So, after working out the order of the songs that would be played, we sandwiched them together with “BIRTH” and “Re:BIRTH” at the beginning and end. A variety of meat and vegetables and whatever were the things which worked out the details. So, knowing the contents wouldn’t get squished together with such things, we wrote the for the album . Thus, I think that only there can you find the concept for this album.


A few hard parts, but overall this should make more sense.

lol @ Futoshi’s sandwich analogy.

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(taken from a japanese blog)

The first song was Niji
– The part where it gets quieter and Futoshi sings
“kabe ni kizamareta rakugaki wa dareka no ji ni yoku niteta” (the graffiti engraved on that wall closely resembled someone’s handwriting) was changed to “kabi ni kizamareta rakugaki wa osanai hi no boku no ji da” (the graffiti engraved on that wall was the writing of a younger me)

Next was Joushoukiryuu, then Wakare no Uta, then Kirakira (where Futoshi forgot the lyrics at the “mata fuzakeattari” part)

Toushindai no Love Song, One, Miseinen, Hitotsu Dake, Sen no Yoru wo Koete, Kanade Ai, Shizuka na Koi no Monogatari
-After hearing this song, Daisuke and mayuko decided to join the band, apparently

Ketsui no Asa Ni, Hakuchuumu, Velonica, massigura, Kono Hoshi Ni, STAY GOLD

(encore) Jitensha, Utai Sarishi Hana

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