神楽舞 || Kagura Dance

神楽舞
kagura mai
Kagura Dance

Vocals: なおみん (Naomin)
Lyrics:
Arranged by:
Album: 東方風神譚 (Touhou Fuujintan) 【Official Site】
Circle: はちみつくまさん (Hachimitsu Kuma-san)
Event: Reitaisai 5 [RTS5]

Requested by: Maia Kasoya

This track was used as the opening theme for defiant of shrine maiden (東方冥異伝).

In between phrases, 布留部 由良由良止 布留部 (furube yura yura to furube) is chanted. It’s an excerpt from a longer piece that goes by many different names including ひふみ祓詞 (hifumi no haraekotoba) 布瑠の言 (furu no koto), or 神言 (kamigoto).

I found an English reference to it in a book called The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan. According to mythology, if you gather 10 Sacred Treasures (十種神宝) around you and chant their names while swaying back and forth, the sacred power is enough to restore the dead to life. Unfortunately an authoritative translation of the excerpt does not exist.


咲き誇れ生命よ

saki hokore inochi yo

Life, be in full bloom!

過去りし栄華とうらぶれし人の世観て舞う
紡がれた歴史と 戯れよ 偽りの神の手
赤く燃える月 目覚めし揺り籠の獣
忘れし理 此の身降り立つ

sugisarishi eiga to urabureshi hito no yo mite mau
tsumugareta rekishi to tawamure yo itsuwari no kami no te
akaku moeru tsuki mezameshi yurikago no kemono
wasureshi kotowari kono mi ori tatsu

I look at the world of humans, which has fallen from its past glory, and dance.
O hands of the false god, play with spun history!
The moon burns red and the beast awakens in its cradle.
I devote myself to forgotten logic.

唯一つの想いと 絆を断つ まだ震える命の為に
唯一つの使命を その手に抱く まだ泣けない悲しい巫女

tada hitotsu no omoi to kizuna o tatsu mada furueru inochi no tame ni
tada hitotsu no shimei o sono te ni daku mada nakenai kanashii miko

She severs a sole emotion and bond for the sake of still-trembling lives.
The sad shrine maiden holds a sole duty in her hands. She still cannot cry.

かりそめの平和と 忘却の 現実今を観て舞う
辿り着き世界と 解かれゆく 戒めを手に往く
黒く穿つ宙 鎖を引き千切る獣
忘れし幻 胡蝶視て飛ぶ

karisome no heiwa to boukyaku no ima o mite mau
tadori tsuki sekai to tokareyuku imashime o te ni yuku
kuroku ugatsu sora kusari o hikichigiru kemono
wasureshi maboroshi kochou mite tobu

I observe temporary peace and lapsing reality and dance.
The world I reached and punishments coming undone flow through my hands.
The beast tears off its chains and pierces through the black sky.
I fly through a forgotten illusion, staring at butterflies.

唯一度の別離と 出会いを経る 今安らぐ世界の為に
唯一度の願いを その手に抱く 今震える 宿命定の巫女

tada ichido no wakari to deai o heru ima yasuragu sekai no tame ni
tada ichido no negai o sono te ni daku ima furueru sada no miko

She encounters and parts, only once, for the sake of a world at ease.
Holding a unique wish in her hands, the fated shrine maiden trembles.

唯一つの想いと 絆を断つ まだ震える命の為に
唯一つの使命を その手に抱く まだ泣けない悲しい巫女

tada hitotsu no omoi to kizuna o tatsu mada furueru inochi no tame ni
tada hitotsu no shimei o sono te ni daku mada nakenai kanashii miko

She severs a sole emotion and bond for the sake of still-trembling lives.
The sad shrine maiden holds a sole duty in her hands. She still cannot cry.

咲き誇れ生命よ

saki hokore inochi yo

Life, be in full bloom!

4 thoughts on “神楽舞 || Kagura Dance

  1. Amilka December 29, 2019 / 11:16 pm

    I didn’t expect this song to be finally translated, thank you for your hard work, Releska!
    Also, it’s not included in the lyrics but there is a repeating chanting between the verses which I think is 布留部 由良由良止 布留部. Correct me if I’m wrong, that’s some kind of spell or prayer, so I believe it’s worth mentioning in the lyrics too.

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    • Releska December 30, 2019 / 10:22 am

      You’re welcome! (^_^) Thanks for pointing out the extra chant as well, I’ve added that information to the description. You’re right about it being a prayer – unfortunately I couldn’t track down an authoritative interpretation or translation of it…

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  2. jack May 12, 2020 / 2:47 am

    OMG i’ve been looking for a translation for this song for years, thank you so much!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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