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08:14 Feb 20, 2009
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Japanese to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Music
Japanese term or phrase: わが日の本は島国よ
Actually, the reason I am asking this question is to see if anyone has the translated lyrics to the Yokohama City Song. Since it's been around for 100 years there's sure to be a translation, but I can't find it on the Internet.
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4waga hinomoto wa shimaguniyo (insert your own translation for an exaplanation)
Yasutomo Kanazawa
3the beginning of our days is an island countryIraichi

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waga hinomoto wa shimaguniyo (insert your own translation for an exaplanation)

Casey, I don't think there is a English translation for this song. Is there a translation for the Star Spangled Banner in other languages (I assumed you are from the States)? I doubt so. FYI, as you might know, the Star Spangled Banner's translated title is 星条旗。I don't think that a city's song would even have a title translated into other language, since national anthems are on the level of title translations only.

Yasutomo Kanazawa
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Asker: It's actually quite easy to find translations of the Star Spangled Banner in Spanish. I've seen it in Japanese, too. In fact, it was quite easy just now to find a translation on wiki (http://ja.wikisource.org/wiki/%E6%98%9F%E6%9D%A1%E6%97%97) When I worked in Nagano, I often saw songs translated into English. The Shinano song was in English in several pamphlets.

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the beginning of our days is an island country

Giving at "beginnig" tihe meaning of "origin", the text could be of nationalism intent...looking at Japan (the island country) like the starting point of all, likewise the Sun (tayo=日) is the origin of imperial Japan. Mine is just an opinion. Thank you.

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