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Angela Aki

Romaji Title: tegami ~haikei juugo no kimi e~
Kanji Title: 手紙 ~拝啓 曙ワの君へ~
English Title: Letter ~Dear Me In 15 Years~

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NOTES
This song was written to be used at a choir contest held by TV station NHK. It was also featured in the lineup for NHK's "minna no uta" from August to September of 2008, and was featured in a commercial for the Japanese postal service in October of 2008. Also one translator's note: Though the word "anata" ("you") is used throughout this song, it's obvious that Angela Aki was trying to indicate sending herself to herself fifteen years in the future. Because of that I did not feel that "you" was an appropriate term to use for an English translation.

Dear me who is reading this letter, where are you and what are you doing right now?

I can't talk to anyone about myself at 15 years old, it's a constant source of worry

When it comes to writing letters to myself in the future
I should definitely be able to speak my mind

Now it feels like I'm losing, crying, and am going to fade away
Whose words should I believe in as I walk along?
This one heart of mine has been broken into pieces so many times
I'm living the moment amidst the pain
I'm living the moment

Dear me in 15 years, thank you and there's something I want to tell you

If I keep on asking where I'm headed and why, I'll be able to see it

The stormy sea of youth is relentless
Go forward to the river bank of tomorrow, oh boat of dreams

Don't lose now, don't cry now, and when it seems like you're fading away
I'll walk along believing in my own voice
As an adult I'll have nights where I get hurt and can't sleep too
But I'm living the painful, sweet moment

Because there's a meaning to everything in life, nurture your dreams without fear
Keep on believing

Now it feels like I'm losing, crying, and am going to fade away
Whose words should I believe in as I walk along?
Ahh, don't lose now, don't cry now, and when it seems like you're fading away
I'll walk along believing in my own voice
There's no time when you can avoid sadness, but
Show a smile and live the moment
Live the moment

Dear me who is reading this letter
I pray that you're happy

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