BUMP OF CHICKEN

by Celsius005 on October 21, 2006 · 91 comments · AddThis

BUMP OF CHICKEN
BUMP OF CHICKEN from their 'supernova' photoshoot

 

supernova

Lyrics/Music: Fujiwara Motoo

Japanese:
熱が出たりすると 気付くんだ
僕には体があるって事
鼻が詰まったりすると 解るんだ
今まで呼吸をしていた事

君の存在だって
何度も確かめはするけど
本当の大事さは
居なくなってから知るんだ

延べられた手を拒んだ その時に
大きな地震が起こるかもしれない
延べられた手を守った その時に
守りたかったのは自分かもしれない

君の存在だって
もうずっと抱きしめてきたけど
本当に恐いから
離れられないだけなんだ
ラララ

人と話したりすると 気付くんだ
伝えたい言葉が無いって事
適当に合わせたりすると
解るんだ 伝えたい気持ちだらけって事

君の存在だって
こうして伝え続けるけど
本当のありがとうは
ありがとうじゃ足りないんだ
ラララ

僕らの時計の中
ひとつだけでもいいから
本当を掴みたくて
本当を届けたくて

歳を数えてみると 気付くんだ
些細でも歴史を持っていた事
それとほぼ同時に 解るんだ
それにも終わりが来るって事

君の存在だって
いつでも思い出せるけど
本当に欲しいのは
思い出じゃない今なんだ

君を忘れた後で 思い出すんだ
君との歴史を持っていた事
君を失くした後で 見つけ出すんだ
君との出会いがあった事

誰の存在だって
世界では取るに足らないけど
誰かの世界は
それがあって 造られる

君の存在だって
何度も確かめはするけど
本当の存在は
居なくなっても ここに居る

僕らの時計は
止まらないで 動くんだ
ラララ

 

Romaji:
netsu ga detari suru to kizukunda
boku ni wa karada ga aru tte koto
hana ga tsumattari suru to wakarunda
ima made kokyuu wo shite ita koto

kimi no sonzai datte
nando mo tashikame wa suru kedo
hontou no daiji sa wa
inakunatte kara shirunda

noberareta te wo kobanda sono toki ni
ooki na jishin ga okoru kamoshirenai
noberareta te wo mamotta sono toki ni
mamori takatta no wa jibun kamoshirenai

kimi no sonzai datte
mou zutto dakishimetekita kedo
hontou ni kowai kara
hanarerarenai dake nanda
Lalala…

hito to hanashitari suru to kizukunda
tsutaetai kotoba ga nai tte koto
tekitou ni awasetari suru to wakarunda
tsutaetai kimochi darakette koto

kimi no sonzai datte
koushite tsutae tsuzukeru kedo
hontou no arigatou wa
arigatou ja tarinainda
Lalala…

bokura no tokei no naka
hitotsu dake demo ii kara
hontou wo tsukami takute
hontou wo todoketakute

toshi wo kazoete miru to kizukunda
sasai demo rekishi wo motte ita koto
sore to hobo douji ni wakarunda
sore ni mo owari ga kuru tte koto

kimi no sonzai datte
itsudemo omoidaseru kedo
hontou ni hoshii no wa
omoide janai ima nanda

kimi wo wasureta atode omoidasunda
kimi to no rekishi wo motte ita koto
kimi wo nakushita atode mitsuke dasunda
kimi to no deai ga atta koto

dare no sonzai datte
sekai dewa toru ni taranai kedo
dareka no sekai wa
sore ga atte tsukurareru

kimi no sonzai datte
nando mo tashikame wa suru kedo
hontou no sonzai wa
inakunatte mo koko ni iru

bokura no tokei wa
tomaranaide ugokunda
Lalala…

 

Translation:

When I get sick I realize,
I realize I have a body
When my nose is stuffed up I know,
I know that I’ve been breathing all along

I’m always making sure
That you truly exist, but
The truth is that we only know how important it is
Once it is already gone

When your out-stretched hand defends
A great earthquake may occur
When your out-stretched hand protects
It may have wanted to protect yourself

I have always been holding
Your dear existence close to me
And it is because I’m afraid
So I don’t want to let go
Lalala…

When I talk to someone I realize,
I realize that I have nothing to say
When I want to line the pieces up I know,
I know that I wanted to speak my feelings

I have always been communicating
To your dear existence this way
In a true expression of gratitude
Saying “Thank you” isn’t enough
Lalala…

Within our clocks,
Just one is fine,
We want a firm grip
We want to send it over

As I watch myself grow old I realize,
I realize that I had a history though it was small
When I think about that I know,
I know that it will someday end

I’m always remembering
Your dear existence
And what I really want is
The part that isn’t just a memory

When I forget about you I remember,
I remember that you had a history
When I lose you I find that memory,
The memory that I once met you

There isn’t enough
For everyone’s existence
And in someone’s world
I will create it

I’m always making sure
That you truly exist, but
Even if existence goes away
It’s always here

Our clocks continue to move,
never stopping
Lalala…

 

Credit for lyrics and translations goes to Celsius005.

 

カルマ

Lyrics/Music: Fujiwara Motoo

Japanese:
ガラス玉ひとつ 落とされた
追いかけてもうひとつ 落っこちた
ひとつ分の陽だまりに ひとつだけ残ってる

心臓が始まった時
嫌でも人は場所を取る
奪われない様に 守り続けてる

汚さずに保ってきた手でも
汚れて見えた
記憶を疑う前に 記憶に疑われてる

必ず僕らは出会うだろう
同じ鼓動の音を目印にして
ここに居るよ いつだって呼んでるから
くたびれた理由が重なって揺れる時
生まれた意味を知る

存在が続く限り
仕方無いから場所を取る
ひとつ分の陽だまりに
ふたつはちょっと入れない

ガラス玉ひとつ 落とされた
落ちた時 何か弾き出した
奪い取った場所で 光を浴びた

数えた足跡など
気付けば数字でしか無い
知らなきゃいけない事は
どうやら1と0の間

初めて僕らは出会うだろう
同じ悲鳴の旗を目印にして
忘れないで いつだって呼んでるから
重ねた理由を 二人で埋める時
約束が交わされる

鏡なんだ 僕ら互いに
それぞれのカルマを 映す為の
汚れた手と手で 触り合って
形が解る

ここに居るよ 確かに触れるよ
一人分の陽だまりに 僕らは居る

忘れないで いつだって呼んでるから
同じガラス玉の内側の方から
そうさ 必ず僕らは出会うだろう
沈めた理由に十字架を建てる時
約束は果たされる
僕らはひとつになる

 

Romaji:
garasu tama hitotsu otosareta
oikakete mou hitotsu okko chita
hitotsu fun no hidamari ni hitotsu dake nokotteru

shinzou ga hajimatta toki
iyade mo hito wa basho wo toru
ubawarenai youni mamori tsuzuketeru

yogosazu ni tamotte kita te demo
yogorete mieta
kioku wo utagau mae ni kioku ni utagawareteru

kanarazu bokura wa deau darou
onaji kodou no oto wo mejirushi ni shite
koko ni iru yo itsudatte yonderu kara
kutabireta riyuu ga kasanatte yureru toki
umare ta imi wo shiru

sonzai ga tsuzuku kagiri
shikatanai kara basho wo toru
hitotsu fun no hidamari ni
futatsu wa chotto hairenai

garasu tama hitotsu otosareta
ochita toki nanika hajiki dashita
ubai totta basho de hikari wo abita

kazoeta ashiato nado
kizukeba suuji deshikanai
shiranakya ikenai koto wa
douyara ichi to zero no aida

hajimete bokura wa deau darou
onaji himei no hata wo mejirushi ni shite
wasurenaide itsudatte yonderu kara
kasaneta riyuu wo futari de umeru toki
yakusoku ga kawasareru

kagami nanda bokura tagai ni
sorezore no karuma wo utsusu tame no
yogoreta te to te de sawari atte
katachi ga wakaru

koko ni iru yo tashikani sawareru yo
hitori bun no hidamari ni bokura wa iru

wasurenaide itsudatte yonderu kara
onaji garasu tama no uchigawa no hou kara
sousa kanarazu bokura wa deau darou
shizumeta riyuu ni juu ji ka wo tateru toki
yakusoku wa hatasareru
bokura wa hitotsu ni naru

 

Translation:
I dropped a single shard of glass
As I tried to grab it I dropped another one
In one minute’s silence, there’s only one left

When a heart first starts beating
People reluctantly take up space
And continue to protect it from being stolen

The hand you tried to keep clean
Was blood-stained
And before you doubt your memories, the memories doubt you

You’ll surely meet us
And you’ll mark the pulse that matches your own
We are right here, always calling out to you
And when the worn-out reasons begin to sway
You’ll understand the meaning of your existence

As long as you still exist
You have no other choice but to take up space
In one minute’s silence
You have trouble fitting two

I dropped a single shard of glass
When it fell, something shot out
And the place where it had been stolen was bathed in light

Counting numbers and the like
You realize there aren’t anything but numbers
The things you aren’t supposed to know
Are somewhere in-between 1 and 0

You’ll meet us for the first time
And you’ll mark the shriek’s flag that matches your own
Don’t forget that we’re always calling out to you
And when the two of you try to cover up those worn-out reasons
The promise will be made

It’s the mirror that binds us together,
One that reflects all karma,
The blood-stained hands will feel one another
And you’ll understand its form

We are right here, nearly touching each other
And we appear during the minute’s silence

Don’t forget that we’re always calling out to you
From the same side of the glass shard
Surely you’ll meet us
And when the cross replaces those sinking reasons
The promise will be fulfilled
And we will all join as one

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mrkuple February 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

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Abigail November 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I am American and in college. I have a Japaenese friend who introduced me to Bump and I was listening to the song Tentai Kansoku and I do not understand the meaning of the song. I translated it to English but it does not make any sense. Can someone please help????

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ELI JAPAN December 28, 2010 at 4:10 am

I found the page of the lyrics.
http://www.quartet4.net/?p=117
Maybe you can understand the meaning of the song “tentai kansoku”

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Josh January 18, 2011 at 9:12 am
Josh January 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Woops, I messed up the formatting!
Anyway, here’s the link to a translation to Tentai Kansoku :
http://www.utau-inu.com/centj/translations/tentaikansoku_bumpofchicken.htm

This has translations to newer songs:
http://utau-inu.com/tag/bump-of-chicken/
This has translations to older songs
http://www.utau-inu.com/centj/translations/translations.htm

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thomas sidney UNITED KINGDOM May 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm

BUMP! bands like this are few and far btween ! they rock! XD

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N UNITED STATES April 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I love Bump of Chicken ^^ They’re on of my favorite J-Rock bands.

I heard about them through one of my friends who lives in Japan.

Unfortunately, they aren’t really popular in America (where I live).
If one of their songs were to be an opening/ending for an anime, then it probably would be more popular in America :(

I told my friends about them, they like them alot~!

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-Sora- February 18, 2009 at 10:52 am

im a fan of them too!!! i wonder if its juz my taste~ but my fav song from them is Ginga Tetsudo(galaxy expressway) i sing it everyday lol…

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Grace MALAYSIA January 19, 2009 at 4:02 am

BUMP is amazing! :)

But I think where lyrics are concerned, RADWIMPS conquers all. BUMP always makes me smile because they’re always so (seemingly) positive, but RADWIMPS tends to touch my heart and make me cry. It’s pretty darned amazing. o.O

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Lina November 6, 2008 at 12:30 am

I think my first BUMP song was “Sailing Day” (consider the history of my J-addiction as a manga-anime lover), but it didn’t catch much of my attention back then. sou. ^^; ano… Maybe it’s because I was still a newbie in J-music sphere. I haven’t heard a lot of genres in J-music and I naturally followed the mainstream… wakarimasen desu~. O/Z

Enough with my boring intro…

Now I’m head over heels with them. Gosh, the last time I felt this ecstatic on my favorite band was long way back in my junior-high years, I guess. Friends who normally share similar interests on J-culture even got amazed that I’ve become to like them in the first place. “I don’t know why you like them,” one of them once said (after she gave me a glance of “Karma”’s PV).

It (re-)started when I heard “Namida no furusato” and played it regularly with my iTunes, back in early 2006 (maybe it was because I was homesick at that time, lol)… Then I tried to listen to “Flame Vein+1″ album and “Diamond” single, and found out that their “raw” sounds in those records were similar as my all-time favorite’s, The Beatles (especially from their rock ‘n roll period of late 60s)… I fell in love (literally) with Fujiwara-sama’s voice when I heard their cover (of The Pillows’), “Hybrid Rainbow”, and continue to love them ’till now…

Has anyone here listen to “Orbital Period”??? My favorites there are “voyager”, “Hammer Song to Itami no Tou”, and “kasabutabutabu” (besides their previous single releases included in it, of course)!! I’d appreciate it, if you’d like to review it here.

Now I’m obsessed with them, I start to think of ways to go to their concerts… I even wonder how to meet and talk to them in person… Freak.

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eya MALAYSIA October 20, 2008 at 11:15 pm

just listening to them~~
love karma n sailing day~~

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stephanie AUSTRALIA September 20, 2008 at 5:02 am

I am a filipina.. but this japanese band really caught my attention when i first heared their song “the present” and “snow smile”… thanks to my japanese student for sending me the link….. Love this band…. I look forward to watch their concert…

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kira kira INDONESIA September 7, 2008 at 10:08 am

I love them!!!

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Luke CANADA August 2, 2008 at 11:40 am

Hey I’m Luke Uhia Le I Just Wanted To Say Its Nice Having You Guys Along And Your Music Is Awesome In TOTA/Tales Of The Abyss Main Char: Luke Fon Fabre

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Jake July 18, 2008 at 6:19 am

Hey guys i am Aussi and friend just got me into Bump shes Japanese, she’s been doings forigen exchange program for 3years or so, and last week on her birthdy she let me borrow a random Bump mix she made for me. So i listened to that now i’m hooked on Sailing Day!! I love it so much that i am aculary learning the Japanese lyrics!!!
And funny enough i just found that i share a birthday with Masukawa Hiroaki the guitarist!! And i play both drums and guitar, and i laughed when i found that his birthday is mine because i found it so awesome!!

BUMP OF CHICKEN!!!!

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xin June 23, 2008 at 3:24 am

to arcadia:
hey, i found the laughmaker romaji lyric + translation @
http://www.animelyrics.com/jpop/bumpofchicken/laughmaker.htm
try to search the site, probably there’s much more bumps lyrics

if you wanna search for their pic, try googling “excite” “bump of chicken”
I use to open it and bump usually have routine interview with the site, with very cool pic too! i’ll sent you one pic to your mail then. enjooy!

btw, does anyone already have the latest album? do they have the “bonus track” inside the album?

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arcadia FRANCE June 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm

@xin : Sure ! I’d like to understand every songs of Bump. Please send it to me ^^ my mail must be somewhere in the comments.

@ai : the last new album was orbital period but they released a CD with the B tracks of the singles + one new song last week. The CD is “present from you”

There are not many Bump websites. I couldn’t find many pictures of them. Do you guys have websites ro recommend ?

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xin INDONESIA June 19, 2008 at 11:18 am

to arcadia:
the only translation i have which is not from centigrade-j is “laughmaker”
founded in internet and it is rather a messed-up translation tho, but i can catch the point of the song and i think it’s quite a cute song.
if you want it just tell me. ;D

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arcadia FRANCE June 1, 2008 at 3:12 pm

to xin :

thank you, it was precisely the website where I was reading the translation. I couldn’t find another website with the lyrics and translation of the other songs. Please let me know if you find lyrics and translation !

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arcadia FRANCE June 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm

to xin :

thank you, it was precisely the website where I was reading the translation. I couldn’t find another website with the others

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Ai May 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Mika, yes I’m japanese. :-)
You did?! I’ve never been to their concert so I wanna watch!!! :-P

Does BUMP sell new CD? I mean, when BUMP sell next CD…?
Last album was “orbital period”, right?
I don’t have CD player in Canada so I can’t buy and listen :-(

Mika, where are you from? You said “I went to BUMP concert in Niigata”.
Do you live in Niigata?

I wanna go their concert!

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xin May 27, 2008 at 10:23 pm

to arcadia
if you want some of the translation i have it from the site centigrade-j.
i dont have all but if you need some which i have, i’ll give it to you.

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arcadia FRANCE May 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm

I think I’ll go to Japan too. But I don’t know if I will go in September with a friend or in 2009. I’d like to visit during a warm and nice period, maybe in April or May, when the cherry tree blossom. I think I’ll make up my mind depending on Bump’s tour lol
Either way, I need to get free time (not easy with work and all) and I have to gather more money.

Mika, French is a hard language, right. If you’re still up to it, I believe there was a web radio with French simple vocabulary. I’ll try to get it. I don’t understand bump lyrics but I read English translations on the web. Too bad I can’t find them all.

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xin May 27, 2008 at 11:05 am

to Mika
here’s my e-mail:
knghtmare4472744@yahoo.com

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Mika May 27, 2008 at 8:29 am

Hello^^

>Ai
You are a Japanese ,right?
I bought a new DVD of BUMP.
It is so cool and funny.:)

>xin
Do you have e-mail?
If you know the romaji lyric, I will send you it !!

>arcadia
I cannnot listen to French well.
It is so hard for me~
Do you understand lyrics of BUMP?

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Ai May 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Oh, you going to Tokyo? and you have japanese friend too? Cool! :-P
How long will you stay in Japan?
I’ve never visited Kansai… but I think Kansai is really cool place!

I’m from Aomori. Do you know that? It’s close to Hokkaido. My country is cold and small.
Kansaiben is sooooo cool! :-D I wanna study too! my friend is from Hyogo(Kansai). She lives in Canada too so I’ll meet her in this summer vacation. I’ll hear her Kansaiben! :-)Haha

I think about stranger who speaks Kansaiben, that’s sooo COOL! I don’t think it’s strange!
I can speak Tsugaruben(it’s Aomori’s dialect). My school’s English teacher is Irish and He can speak Tsugaruben little bit. :-) That’s cool! So you can speak Kansaiben a lot!
(and I don’t know “irrated” mean… I looked up my dictionary but I coudn’t find…{‘A`})

I hope you spend good time in Japan! :-P

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Faye May 21, 2008 at 1:08 pm

oh yes I think Bump is known in several countries because there is a lot of people who like Japan in the world. And Bump makes good songs.=)

I am going to Tokyo in August, in a Japanese school, and then, in September I will visit my friends in Kansai(in Osaka and Kyoto) and in Hiroshima.

Ai where are you from?I would like to study Kansaiben too!!!XD
But what do you think about a stranger who speaks Kansaiben?is it strange?Are Japanese people irrated when strangers speak Japanese dialects?

thanks

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Ai May 20, 2008 at 12:47 pm

hello!

Wow! BUMP is famous in the whole world, isn’t it?
And visual kei and anison are famous too! :-)
I often listen those. I think those are not famous in Japan…
Some people likes those.(like me!)

I knew Ayumi Hamasaki and Hikaru Utada are famous in US.
But I didn’t know they are famous in Europe! :-P

Faye, you going to go Japan!? COOL!
My friend sent e-mail “I went to BUMP concert in April!”.
Maybe BUMP is doing concert all over Japan tour.
But they dosen’t come small country. My country is small so…
Where will you go in Japan? I mean, Tokyo, Osaka…

I wanna go back to Japan! and I wanna go BUMP concert!!!!!!
But I’ll go back to Japan next January… :-(

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Nizart October 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Maybe you’ll be amazed if I told you that I’m a Moroccan Bump Of Chicken fan, and I even got a band and we’re covering many of their songs here in Morocco ^^
So HELL YEAH, they’re famous all over the world !

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Faye May 20, 2008 at 11:34 am

oops excuse me!I am very sorry: Sasha, not Sacha

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Faye May 20, 2008 at 11:32 am

hello!
my name is Faye and I am French.I am deeply crazy about Bump of Chicken and I hope to see them soon.
I agree with Sacha, I study Japanese at the University, so all my friends love Japan, Japanese music, Japanese culture….but they hardly know about Bump of Chicken.They are very keen on visual kei and bands like Dir en grey, l’Arc en ciel, Gazette…..but that is all!!!!!!!It’s a pity!!!!
As far as I am concerned I like visual kei but I prefer Bump of Chicken.
I would like them to try to listen to Bump’s musics but there is nothing to do.=(

I am going to Japan in August and I would like to buy tickets for their concert but I don’t know where to ask…….can anybody help me?

thanks
and “vive bump of chicken”!^^

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Sasha SWITZERLAND May 19, 2008 at 7:56 am

Hello!

Very few people know about BUMP OF CHICKEN in the US and Europe unfortunately…
As far as I know, their CD’s are not released in Western countries, so the only way to listen to them is to import their Japanese CD’s. ;_;

In the US and Europe, anison and Visual-Kei are the most popular type of songs! Few people know about bands like BUMP OF CHICKEN or Mr. Children for example, because they don’t make anime songs.

Indie Visual Kei bands are more known in Europe than SMAP! It is turned upside down.
And most of the people who listen to anison or V Kei don’t know it is minor genre in Japan!

I like BUMP too though, and wish they were more known in western countries too!

Even European artists that sing in Romanian (Dragostea Din Tei, koi no maiahhi) get released in Japan, why good Japanese artists like BUMP OF CHICKEN or Mr. Children, can’t get released in the West!

Even million sellers artists like Ayumi HAMASAKI or Hikaru UTADA’s CD’s (apart from her English album EXODUS) are not released in Western countries. Only some Visual Kei and anison…

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Ai May 6, 2008 at 11:20 am

Hi!
I love BUMP so much!
They are GGENIUS!!

I’m japanese but I live in CANADA.
I’m exchange student.
So I really miss BUMP OF CHICKEN! :-(

Maybe Canadian people dosen’t know BUMP.
I hope that BUMP will be popular in CANADA! :-P

If you talk with me I’m soooo glad! :-)

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xin May 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

hey, neil and myka
after you guys both talking about the song “laughmaker” i begin to listen to that song and I really really like it. it become my everyday song!
i accidentally found the translation on the internet and i think it is a very interesting lyric.
for anyone who haven’t listen to “laughmaker” the song will be in the new album.
i wonder will they make a compilation of all their hillarious bonus track?? ^_^

Btw, does anyone have the romaji lyric of “laughmaker” and “bye bye sankyu”??
i like both songs but havent have the lyric yet.

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arcadia FRANCE May 3, 2008 at 10:36 am

Not so much in France, though I found a few French people who are fond of it on the net.
France is getting more and more interested in J-music. L’arc en Ciel and X-japan will come soon in Paris and Kokia and Visual Kei bands have become quite popular. French J-music fans are especially Visual Kei fans. It’s uncommon but I dislike Visual … There’s also a growing community into j-dramas and obviously into Johnny’s.

That’s why I’d be glad to talk about Bump with any fan from all over the world.

Feel free to contact me at arcadia [at] hotmail.fr

Mika, if you need help with French, you can ask me.

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Mika May 3, 2008 at 10:20 am

Hello!
Yes!
New album will be sold soon.
I like B tracks songs!!!!
BUMP OF CHICKEN …is popular in France or America?

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arcadia FRANCE April 28, 2008 at 10:39 am

I heard it was a compil of their B tracks with only one new song.

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Eric April 28, 2008 at 5:14 am

correction: I’m an idiot – it’s Ajikan’s new album coming out on the 9th.

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Eric April 28, 2008 at 5:11 am

hey there!

I’ve loved Bump since high school.
They were always played over the
PA system during cleaning, which
is where I first heard them.

Personally, I’m not such a big fan
of their “hit” songs; Lamp, Karma,
Only Lonely Glory, etc.

I much prefer songs like
乗車権、Sailing Day,and 彼女と星の椅子。

It’s always amazed me how little Americans
who like Japanese music know of Bump.
They’re pretty popular in JP, but maybe their
music isn’t different enough for people who
can’t speak 日本語 to appreciate.

Anyways, their new album is coming out May 9th,
so everyone can look forward to that!

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Josh January 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

Hi Eric! Most Americans and Westerners in general usually are not aware of what music is popular in Japan. Usually they listen to music that was used in anime, or they listen to visual kei.

In western countries, there is more anime imported than TV series or movies, so there is much more exposure to Japanese music through anime.

For example, in Japan, Bump of Chicken got more popular after their music was used in the TV series 天体観測 (Tentai Kansoku). But Japanese TV dramas are usually bought up only by Asian countries. So J-POP hasn’t much spread to Western countries through TV dramas, like it did in Asia. Thanks to Japanese TV dramas exportation, Japanese music became big in many Asian countries.

Visual kei has a pretty big underground following, because it’s pretty different and the musicians have pretty crazy outfits and appearances, which crosses language barriers.
I think most Western people who listen to Japanese music don’t know artists like Bump of Chicken, Mr.Children, Southern All Stars, B’Z…

There’s also the fact that some visual kei bands have their CD’s released in promoted in the West (Dir en grey has American and European releases of their CD’s), but bigger and more mainstream artists aren’t usually picked up for release.

There’s no American release of any CD by Bump, or Mr.Children for example. But you can find releases of really obscure visual kei.

I don’t think it’s that Bump’s music isn’t different enough either, because a lot of people who played Tales of the Abyss (which used Bump’s Karma as the theme song) seem to like the theme song. However, in the American version of the game, they replaced Bump’s song, with a cover with no vocals. The localizers apparently think that leaving a song with Japanese lyrics in the American release of a game will turn off American gamers…

So, a certain percentage of the people who play Tales of the Abyss don’t know the theme song is by Bump of Chicken, and they don’t know that Fujiwara actually composed more than a dozen BGM’s for the game too!

A lot of American gamers actually think the BGM’s composed by Fujiwara for Tales of the Abyss are better than the ones composed by Motoi Sakuraba (who composes the music for most Tales of games), except they don’t know about him. If they did, I’m sure Bump would become more famous.

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