A Highway of Cherry Trees at Evening
Vocals: 紗沙飛鳥 (Asuka Sasa)
Lyrics: 時音 (TOKINE), 憐歌 (Renka)
Arranged by: 時音 (TOKINE)
Album: 東方幽静響 (Touhou Serene Echo)
Circle: 舞風 (MAIKAZE)
Original themes: Night Sakura of Dead Spirits [死霊の夜桜]
Ghost Lead [ゴーストリード]
Requested by: Primity
This track is told squarely from Yuyuko’s perspective. Though the song only uses her Ten Desires themes, the lyrics have a strong relation to her theme from Perfect Cherry Blossom (Bloom Nobly, Ink Black Cherry Blossom ~ Border of Life). The lyrics are written in classical Japanese, but since it’s made up of a series of couplets, it isn’t that bad.
春の来ない桜よ 今 幽雅に咲かせ
今は唯 夢在りし 空の杯 掲げて
ひらり彩 舞う 忘れし日の記憶
終焉の知らぬ夢を 空の身体に 重ねて
nagaki yuugen no toki no kage ni miyu oborozuki
haru no konai sakura yo ima yuuga ni sakase
yokubukaki reikon no iromeki sawagu yoru ni
matataki aoshi tsuki no hikari ga izanau kuroageha
mekurumeku kokoro yadorishi inochi tsunagu kagaribi ni
ima wa tada yume arishi kara no sakazuki kakagete
fukaki yuugen no toki yo sakimidare hanamizake
hirari irodori mau wasureshi hi no kioku
hitori kogai oritachi aogi miru sahohime
yashiro ni saku kigi no sazameku utsukushiki haru ibuki
itsukushimi aware iki yuku utsuro naru kyogen no yo to
owari no shiranu yume wo kara no karada ni kasanete
ura bukashi yuugen no toki yo awaki kuro ni someage
shishite nao chirishiku hakanashi hanafubuki
nagaki yuugen no hana no kage ni miyu oborozuki
meguru toki no shitone ni kasokeshi yume wo miru
shishite nao soso to mebuku
chireba koso utsukushiki haru no konai sakura yo
ima, yuuga ni sakase
The hazy moon appears in the shadows of an eternal, yet limited time.
O, spring’s cherry blossoms, which have not arrived! Bloom nobly, now.
In the night, in which avaricious spirits grow lively and make merry,
A black swallowtail butterfly calls forth the light of the twinkling, blue moon.
In a bonfire, which rests in my dazzling heart and keeps my body and soul together,
I still dream, and I raise an empty cup.
O, it is the hour of profound grace! I drink sake as I watch the blossoms bloom in profusion.
Lightly, the colours dance around. These are my memories of that forgotten day.
The goddess of spring alights and stands outside, alone. She looks upwards… (1)
The noisy breathing of a beautiful spring surrounds the trees that bloom at the shrine.
The false world, which goes on living in affection and sorrow and grows empty,
Piles up with a dream unaware of its own demise inside my hollow body.
O, it is the hour of profound grace in my heart! The blossoms have been dyed a pale black.
They die, and afterwards they lie scattered about – those fleeting, falling cherry blossoms.
The hazy moon appears in the shadows of an eternal, yet limited flower.
In the cushion of time, which goes around, I have a fleeting dream.
They die, and then they bud gracefully.
If they fall, they will certainly be beautiful. O, spring’s cherry blossoms, which have not arrived!
Bloom nobly, now.
(1) The original refers to ‘Sahohime’ (佐保姫), a goddess of spring in Japanese mythology. I used ‘goddess of spring’ to make the reference easier to understand. The couplet it comes from may be a metaphor, and the ‘goddess of spring’ could be Yuyuko.