落花流水 || Mutual Love

rakka ryuusui
Mutual Love

Vocals: IZNA
Lyrics: IZNA
Arranged by: NSY
Album: UROBOROS 4  [Official site]
Circle: サリー (Sally)
Event: C88
Original theme: Eastern Mystical Dream ~ Ancient Temple [東方妖々夢 ~ Ancient Temple]

Requested by: Eiki

The lyrics this time are complicated. It seems like they revolve around the proverb that makes up the title, as well as a few corruptions of it. Basically, 落花流水 (rakka ryuusui) is a traditional Japanese saying that translated to ‘Mutual Love.’ But, to go a little bit deeper, it’s made up of two parts. 落花 (rakka) means ‘falling petals,’ and 流水 (ryuusui) means ‘running water.’ So, we get ‘mutual love,’ because apparently the falling petals want to flow gently along the water, and the flowing water wants to carry the petals along. The things they want intersect. If you want to avoid potential spoilers, please skip the next two paragraphs!

Now, this is significant when we look at the two corruptions of this phrase present in the song. I translated the first, 落花着床 (rakka chakushou), as ‘intercourse.’ In this case, the first part is the same, but the second part, 着床 (chakushou), means ‘implantation.’ So, in this case, we still have the falling flowers, but the second part implies pollination, or ‘intercourse.’ In the context of the whole line, it looks like the speaker wants to have a child.

I translated the final one, 落花着水 “rakka chakusui,” as unrequited love. Like the previous two, the falling flowers are still there. However, the second part, 着水 (chakusui), literally means ‘falling on the water.’ I feel like this means the waters have grown still. In other words, the one that the speaker loves has died, or no longer has feelings for them. There’s also the possibility that the speaker’s child passed away before it could be born.

So, apologies for the rambling, but that’s my interpretation of the two parts of the song I found the most difficult to translate. I could be totally wrong, so I’d love to hear any other interesting interpretations! 🙂


いいよ さようなら
寧ろ さようなら 君から言い出した筈でしょ?
桜・ラプソディ もう聴こえないよ

何時だって苛立ってる 間違いない元凶の把握
美しく佇んでる 淡紅の花は人知れず咲く
謝って泣いちゃっても 惰性癖すら全部正す
十年も二十年も 嗚呼枯れる迄そばにいてよ

いいよ さようなら
要は 私のさながら平凡な青春
赤裸裸・フィロソフィ 本音を知りたい

先だって殺気立って 間違いなく一切の想像論
好き。だって気になってる 君だって実際の感情を

だんだん 遠くなる二人の距離が痛い

ええい、儘よ 流るる純情を飛び越えて



謳歌咲き乱れて やがて季節は終わりを告げる
どんどん離れてく どんどん時は過ぎ往く

一層の事、 私財の勘定は後にして


桜はらはら さようなら振り返る背中を
要は 私のさながら平凡な青春
赤裸裸・フィロソフィ もう見えない

落花流水 さらさら流れていく景色を
ラララ・ラプソディ  もう聴こえない


ii yo sayounara
koko kara nogerareru koto wo
kokoro no dokoka de nozonde ita
mushiro sayounara kimi kara iidashita hazu desho?
sakura rapusodi mou kikoenai yo

itsu datte iradatteru machigai nai genkyou no ha’aku
utsukushiku tatazunderu tankou no hana wa hitoshitezu saku
ayamatte naichattemo dasei kuse sura zenbu tadasu
juunen mo nijuunen mo aa kareru made soba ni ite yo

ii yo sayounara
itsuka wa kou naru to wakatte inagara
fushigi ne nani mo shinai
you wa watashi no sanagara heibon na seishun
sekirara firosofi hon’ne wo shiritai

saki datte sakkidatte machigai naku issai no souzou ron
suki. datte ki ni natteru kimi datte jissai no kanjou wo

samusa mo yawaraide haru no ashioto chikadzuku koro
dandan tooku naru futari no kyori ga itai

ano ne kimi ni misetai keshiki ga atta nda
toorisugita ano kado no mankai
eei, mamayo nagaruru junjou wo tobikoete
koyoi koso wa naru you ni nareba ii

“rakka chakushou” dattara ii na

iro ha nihoheto
wa ka yo tare so tsune naramu

ouka sakimidarete yagate kisetsu wa owari wo tsugeru
dondon hanareteku dondon toki wa sugiyuku

ano ne kimi to hatasenu chikai ga atta nda
omoidashite ano sora no manten
issou no koto, shizai no kanjou wa ato ni shite
kondo koso wa shoujiki ni ikitai

“rakka chakusui” datte. tsurai

sakura hara hara sayounara furikaeru senaka wo
kokoro no dokoka de kitai shiteita
you wa watashi no sanagara heibon na seishun
sekirara firosofi mou mienai

rakka ryuusui sarasara nagarete iku keshiki wo
muchuu de nando mo oikakete ita
saraba! watashi no sanagara heibon na mainichi
ra ra ra rapusodi mou kikoenai


It’s okay – farewell.
Somewhere inside my heart, I wished
To be able to escape from here.
Instead, I say farewell. Those words were meant to be yours, weren’t they?
I can’t hear the cherry blossoms’ rhapsody anymore…

I’m always irritated. There’s no mistake – I know the cause.
Unknown to all, the pale red flower blooms. It gracefully stands still.
Even if you say sorry and cry, I’ll correct your bad habits.
Whether it be ten or twenty years, aah… I will be by your side till you wither away.

It’s okay – farewell.
Though I knew things would end up like this,
I didn’t do anything. How strange…
In short, it’s like my ordinary adolescence, so much like me.
A frank philosophy – I want to know what you really feel!

The other day, I was in a frenzy. There’s no mistake – it’s all imagination.
I like you. That’s why you’re on my mind. I want to know your real emotions…

The cold softens, and the footsteps of spring have drawn close.
The growing distance between us hurts…

You know, there was a landscape I wanted to show you:
It was that border we passed through, in full bloom.
Never mind, I don’t care. I walk over your flowing naivety.
Tonight, too, what will be will be.

”Intercourse.” It would be good if that was it…

Even the blossoming flowers…
Who in our world is unchanging? (1)

They rejoice, they bloom. They announce that, at last, winter is over.
Gradually, we part. Gradually, time passes.

You know, we had a vow together that we never carried out.
I remembered it in the vastness of the sky.
A resolution. I’ll pay my debts afterwards.
Next time, I want to live honestly, for sure.

It was “unrequited love.” How painful.

The cherry blossoms fall. Farewell. I guess, somewhere in my heart,
I expected to see you look back.
In short, it’s like my ordinary adolescence, so much like me.
A frank philosophy – I want to know what you really feel!

Mutual love. In ecstasy, I chased after you time and time again
In the rustling, flowing landscape.
I bid farewell to my ordinary days, so much like me!
I can no longer hear that rhapsody…

Translator’s note

(1) This is an excerpt from the famous Japanese Iroha poem, in which all of the hiragana are used once. Significantly, this excerpt is missing the middle line, ちりぬるを (chirinuru o, Will eventually scatter.)







12 responses to “落花流水 || Mutual Love”

  1. Eiki Avatar

    Nooo, sorry, it was better without this macrons

    Liked by 1 person

    1. releska Avatar

      I suppose the ‘ou’ system is more commonly used in this community, isn’t it? I have another think about it, and I might change it back later on 🙂


  2. Zesan Avatar

    why is IZNA so perfect?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. releska Avatar

      One of the great mysteries of the universe. She’s amazing!


      1. Zesan Avatar

        What’re your favorites by her?? I like OR, High Tide, and Seija’s March the best I think.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. releska Avatar

          There’s so many to choose from! I definitely agree with your ones – they’re awesome! My personal favourites are Soon, Addicted, and LINK.


          1. Zesan Avatar

            Was hard to not mention Addicted! Are Soon and LINK translated anywhere? Not sure I’ve heard those.


            1. releska Avatar

              LINK is translated here: https://amentranslations.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/link/
              And Soon is here: http://vetobendover.com/soon/
              [I like Soon so much I was thinking of translating it myself, though]


              1. mekouchii Avatar

                Just gonna butt into this conversation, if I may?
                I really like シェルター, 蝕 and 舌. Thanks for introducing me to Addicted and スーン though, those two are amazing! 😀

                Liked by 1 person

                1. releska Avatar

                  The other Uroboros tracks [+ Party Box]! They’re really cool, too! I must translate them someday if they’re not already translated…

                  Liked by 1 person

              2. Eiki Avatar

                And guess who actually brought up Soon’s existence. Heh
                Anyway, it’s funny how this phrase in Chinese means “destroyed” http://www.websaru.com/%E8%90%BD%E8%8A%B1%E6%B5%81%E6%B0%B4.html

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                1. releska Avatar

                  Okay, I wasn’t expecting that! The symbolism/dual meanings grow even deeper…


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