“Snowflakes”

中島美嘉 – “雪の華”
Mika Nakashima – “Yuki no hana (Snowflakes)”

MV

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LYRICS

Our shadows stretch out on the pavement
As I walk in the twilight with you
If we could be together like this forever
Holding hands
It’s almost enough to make me cry

The wind grows colder
I can smell winter
Soon the season will come to this town
When I can get close to you

This moment
When the two of us cuddle up
To gaze at the first snow flower of the year
Is overflowing with happiness

It’s not dependence or weakness
I just love you
I thought so with all my heart

I feel like when I’m with you
I can overcome anything
I pray that these days
Will continue forever

The wind rattled the window
The night shakes you awake
I will change any sorrow
Into a smile

The snow flowers fell
Outside the window
Unceasing
And colored our town
I realized that love means
Wanting to do something
For someone else

If I should lose you
I’ll become a star and shine on you
I’ll be with you even on nights
When your smile is wet with tears

This moment
When the two of us cuddle up
To gaze at the first snow flower of the year
Is overflowing with happiness

It’s not dependence or weakness
I just want to be like this
With you forever
I can honestly think that now

The pure white snow flowers
Bury this town
Softly drawing memories in our hearts
Together forever with you…

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Nobita kage wo hodou ni narabe
Yuuyami no naka wo kimi to aruiteru
Te wo tsunaide itsu mademo zutto
Soba ni ireta nara
Nakechau kurai

Kaze ga tsumetaku natte
Fuyu no nioi ga shita
Sorosoro kono machi ni
Kimi to chikazukeru kisetsu ga kuru

Kotoshi, saisho no yuki no hana wo
Futari yorisotte
Nagamete iru kono toki ni
Shiawase ga afure dasu

Amae toka yowasa ja nai
Tada, kimi wo ai shiteru
Kokoro kara sou omotta

Kimi ga iru to donna koto demo
Norikireru you na kimochi ni natteru
Konna hibi ga itsu mademo kitto
Tsuzuiteku koto wo inotte iru yo

Kaze ga mado wo yurashita
Yoru wa yuriokoshite
Donna kanashii koto mo
Boku ga egao e to kaete ageru

Maiochite kita yuki no hana ga
Mado no soto zutto
Furiyamu koto wo shirazu ni
Bokura no machi wo someru
Dareka no tame ni nanika wo
Shitai to omoeru no ga
Ai to iu koto wo shitta

Moshi, kimi wo ushinatta to shita nara
Hoshi ni natte kimi wo terasu darou
Egao mo namida ni nureteru yoru mo
Itsumo itsu demo soba ni iru yo

Kotoshi, saisho no yuki no hana wo
Futari yorisotte
Nagamete iru kono toki ni
Shiawase ga afure dasu

Amae toka yowasa ja nai
Tada, kimi to zutto
Kono mama issho ni itai
Sunao ni sou omoeru

Kono machi ni furitsumotteku
Masshiro na yuki no hana
Futari no mune ni sotto omoide wo egaku yo
Kore kara mo kimi to zutto…

Translation and romanization by Megchan, http://www.kiwi-musume.com/lyrics/nakashimamika/yukinohana.html 

Updated on 31 Jan 2009

 

Suprised to find so much ‘debate’ on youtube about which version is better =) I guess the original is always better, since first impression is a powerful thing ^^ And Mika’s singing is just sooooooo beautiful. Simple and direct, yet conveys such deep emotions. Controlled and never too forceful. She’s got the most soothing and mellow chest tones as well as the purest head tones.

Another reason why the Korean remake sounds not as good is because of the inferior arrangement. Right from the intro, the original crystal sounds are replaced by its imitation by the electronic keyboard.  The cheap synthesizer sounds in sustainment and drum brush beats in the first chorus totally kill the atmosphere, not to mention the French horn imitation from the electronic keyboard and the tambourines in the later choruses ><“”””””” I do think Park Hyo Shin deserves the best quality of instrumentals to go with his voice. It’s a pity that production costs were probably limited for this song featured in an OST.

Audio samples for both songs
http://cops.tistory.com/166

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Nakashima Mika – “Yuki no hana”
Live

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Korean remake version
박효신 – “눈의꽃”
Park Hyo Shin – “Nun ui ggoch”

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However, both versions pretty much tie when it comes to live performances. In fact, PHS was pretty clever in remaking this song as his voice resembles Mika’s.  (Sorry if I confuse you by comparing a female voice with a male one ^0^) The fact that PHS’ got rich, mellow low notes and pure falsetto (with a nasal character) does help retain the ‘flavour’ of Mika’s original version a lot.

A Final note…
All I care is the quality of the music and how well the singer delivers and interprets the song. It doesn’t really matter which one is the original. Good music speaks for itself =)

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