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パンドラの恋人 (Pandora no koibito) (English translation)

  • Artist: Yoko Minamino (南野陽子)
  • Song: パンドラの恋人 (Pandora no koibito) Album: Garland (1987)

パンドラの恋人

とめて時間(とき)を
その唇で
まばゆい一瞬を
とめて夏を
水晶(プリズム)色に
胸にやきつけて
 
パンドラの小箱をあけるように
あなたの心の中
そっとのぞいたら恋はどこかに
逃げてしまうかしら
引き潮の濡れた砂
あなたの背中
後ろから抱きしめて
鼓動だけ感じたい
 
燃える想い
ねえ切なくて
一秒がつらいの
たとえ誰か 悲しませても
もう離れないで
 
白い帆(セイル)の方舟に乗って
陽炎の外海を
誰も追いかけて来ないところへ
漂流(なが)されて行きたい
 
あざやかな夏の影
落とす陽射しが
空色を染めながら
この胸にあふれるの
 
燃える想い
ねえ苦しくて
頬にこぼれたなら
抱いて強く 眩暈(めまい)するほど
もう離れないわ
 
とめて時間(とき)を
その唇で
まばゆい一瞬を
とめて夏を
水晶(プリズム)色に
胸にやきつけて
 
Submitted by RetroPandaRetroPanda on Fri, 24/06/2022 - 08:25
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Pandora's Lover

Make the time stop...
...with those lips of yours
Let that dazzling moment...
...make this summer comes to a halt
Its shine...
...embedded deep into my heart
 
I feels like opening a Pandora's box...
When I slowly peek into your heart
I wonder where the love...
...has gone
The tide begin to ebb, leaving the sand wet
When I see your back...
I want to hug you from behind
And feel your heartbeat
 
My heart burned
It was sad
Every seconds felt so painful (*when he was gone)
Even if it makes someone sad,
Please don't ever leave me again
 
We embark on an ark with white sail
Drifting on the hazy sea
To a place where no one will chase us
I want to keep drifting
 
It's a bright summer
As the sunlight...
...dye the sky blue,
My heart is brimming with love
 
My heart burned
It was painful without you
The next time my tears spill...
Please hold me tight, so tight till I feel dizzy
I don't want to be apart from you ever again
 
Make the time stop...
...with those lips of yours
Let that dazzling moment...
...make this summer comes to a halt
Its shine...
...embedded deep into my heart
 
Thanks!
Submitted by RetroPandaRetroPanda on Sat, 06/08/2022 - 02:05
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RetroPandaRetroPanda    Sat, 06/08/2022 - 02:27

Released in 1987, this song reached #1 in Oricon chart

Some of her live performances:

 

Video showing Nanno's childhood with this song on the background:

 

 

Minamino Yoko (also known as her nickname: Nanno) was a big idol in late 1980s. She has a total of 9 songs that reached #1 in Oricon chart. This is the detail of how each of her main singles positioned in Oricon chart from her debut in 1985 until 1990:

#57 (debut song), #15 (<-- around the time she starred in Sukeban Deka season 2), #6, #5, #6, #1, #1 (Hanashi Kaketakatta), #1 (this song), #1, #1, #1, #1 (Anata o Aishitai), #1 (Aki kara mo, Soba ni Ite), #2, #2, #1, #3, #11, #7, #9

After that, she released one more song in 1991, then she stopped singing and focused more in acting. 

 

Nanno was a well-rounded top idol. Beside her success as singer, she also starred in a lot of movies and dramas, and appeared in a lot of tv commercials. In her entire career, Minamino Yoko has starred in 25 movies, 29 dramas, and 50 one-shot dramas. Her newest film was from 2021 and her newest drama was from 2020.

 

*One thing that I feel not fair; how can someone this calibre, who has collected 9 Oricon #1 ranked songs, very successful in acting and have high commercial value (appeared in a lot of ads) never invited even once to Kohaku Uta Gassen.

RetroPandaRetroPanda    Sat, 06/08/2022 - 02:16

Nakayama Miho vs Kudo Shizuka vs Minamino Yoko vs Asaka Yui in Oricon chart race

 

These four were the most active idols in late 1980s, the media called them "Idol's 4 heavenly kings" (<-- taken from mythology characters, the 4 warriors who guard 4 heaven gates). Kyon2 is not part of these because although she's just 1 years older than Nanno, but she debuted at the same time as Akina. While these four were new rising stars, Kyon2 was already a veteran back then.

Now, let's watch how they fared against each other. You might recognize some of those songs:

Miho and Shizuka were very big but Nanno also isn't someone to look down on. She somehow can put up a good fight. The difference is just that she declined faster than them, that's why her total song sales are much less than those two. But she compensate that with her impressive acting career. 

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