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Subaru

Release: 1980 
Artist: Shinji Tanimura 
Lyrics and composition: Shinji Tanimura, Shinji Tanimura
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This is Shinji Tanimura’s signature song and his biggest hit. “Subaru” refers to the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the “Mutsuraboshi” in Japanese. The song’s melody and lyrics evoke a grand journey across the vast lands of Asia, and during the 1980s, many Japanese businesspeople working in Southeast Asian countries would frequently sing it in local karaoke bars. Even today, it remains a timeless classic that transcends generations.

Lyrics (translated)

With closed eyes, I see nothing,
When I open my eyes, sorrow fills my view,
On the path leading to the wilderness,
There’s nothing else to be seen.


Oh, shatter and scatter,
Obliged stars,
At least in silence,
Let your light shine.


I’m going, with pale cheeks,
I’m going, farewell, Subaru.


With each breath, the wild wind within,
Continues to blow,
Yet my heart burns passionately,
As I continue to chase my dreams.


Oh, countless,
Nameless stars,
At least vividly,
Let your lives conclude.


I’m going, following the life of my heart,
I’m going, farewell, Subaru.


Someday, perhaps,
Someone will tread this path,
Someday, perhaps,
Someone will tread this path.


I’m going, with pale cheeks,
I’m going, farewell, Subaru.
I’m going, with pale cheeks,
I’m going, farewell, Subaru.
I’m going, farewell, Subaru.

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