This week’s Song Lyric Sunday by Jim is about goodbyes. Our prompt words are Arrivederci, Ciao, Bon Voyage, Farewell, Goodbye, Hasta la vista, Sayonara and Shalom.

My song choice this week is The Flavor of Life by Utada Hikaru. A song that I know very well.

This is included in the OST of my favorite JDrama, Hana Yori Dango (2005). I was still kind of young at that time so pardon me if I actually felt like I was Makino Tsukushi (Mao Inoue). I thought I have fallen in love with Hanazawa Rui (Shun Oguri) but I was deeply crushing on Domyouji Tsukasa (Jun Matsumoto), for real. Hana Yori Dango is originally a manga and was eventually made into drama, I am sure some of you are familiar with Meteor Garden (Taiwan) and Boys Over Flowers (Korea). Hana Yori Dango (and some other JDramas) used to be so popular until the Korean craze happened.

Arigatou, to kimi ni iwareru to
Nandaka setsunai
Sayounara no ato mo tokenu mahou
Awaku horo nigai
The flavor of life

Tomodachi demo koibito demo nai chuukanchiten de
Shuukaku no hi wo yumemiteru aoi furu-tsu
Ato ippo ga fumi dase nai sei de
Jirettai no nan notte baby

Arigatou, to kimi ni iwareru to
Nandaka setsunai
Sayounara no ato mo tokenu mahou
Awaku horo nigai
The flavor of life

Amai dake no sasoi monku
Ajikke no nai doku
Sonna mono ni wa kyoumi wo sosorare nai

Omoi doori ni ika nai toki datte
Jinsei suteta mon ja nai tte

Doushita no? to kyuu ni kikareru to
Uun, nan demo nai
Sayounara no ato ni kieru egao
Watashi rashiku nai

Shinjitai to negaeba negau hodo
Nandaka setsunai
“Aishiteru yo” yori mo
“Daisuki” no hou ga
Kimi rashiin ja nai?
The flavor of life

Wasure kakete ita hito no kaori wo
Totsuzen omoidasu goro
Furi tsumoru yuki no shiro sa wo motto
Sunao ni yorokobitai yo

Daiyamondo yori mo yawarakakute
Atataka na mirai
Te ni shitai yo
Kagiri aru jikan wo
Kimi to sugoshitai

Arigatou, to kimi ni iwareru to
Nandaka setsunai
Sayounara no ato mo tokenu mahou
Awaku horo nigai
The flavor of life

27 thoughts on “Sayonara

  1. A nice song, Janis. For the record, I have never watched Boys Over Flowers, and I never will πŸ˜‚ The Jdrama I am watching at the moment is Koi wa Deep in. It has the mermaid vibe happening, I think. Anyway, it is very good and overall a nice drama.

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    1. Oh, you’re also watching Jdramas? Wow… that’s awesome!
      Read about Koi wa Deep, it’s interesting… I have read some non-spoiler reviews; it seems worth a binge πŸ˜€

      Hana Yori Dango is heavy duty drama with a good dose of silly… it’s more intense than Boys Over Flowers… why won’t you watch it, Sean? *just curious* πŸ˜€
      One Jdrama worth watching is One Liter of Tears. Have you watched that? If not, that’s worth watching with Linda ❀

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    1. That thought has crossed my mind back when I first watched Hana Yori Dango.

      Jdramas show how different one would be saying goodbye using ja ne (for which you’d see them again soon) and sayonara (may take a longer time or close to not seeing each other again) — us, we usually do babay literally… or bye with gazillion iyak on the side…

      It’s likely that you’ve heard of it. It was popular in 2005 and Utada Hikaru (the one who sang the theme song) had many songs that time…


  2. Yes, I have watched One Litre of Tears – it was heart rendering and amazing show. In a similar vain is Boku no Ita Jikan, and just as awesome.

    Some of my other favourite jdramas are: A Life and BG: Personal Body Guard. Then there is Second to Last Love and Manpuku.

    The subject matter in Boys Over Flowers has never really appealed to me, Janis. I am at an age where I won’t appreciate it based on what I have read. I know it was the making of Lee Min Ho, but even that is not enough to get me to take a look. I see there is now going to be a Thai remake, though. It will either be really good, or really crazy 😜

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    1. I got your point re: Boys Over Flowers…. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I thought Linda would like it and have you watch it with her… like how my mom and MIL make their husbands πŸ˜€

      My mom and MIL are obsessed with Lee Min Ho… they don’t appreciate how I am not as enthusiastic as they are πŸ˜€ I made them watch HYD and told me, Domyuji was not as cute as GJP (Lee Min Ho) so yeah, they did not continue watching, haha, they were like teenagers following fandoms πŸ˜€

      I have watched A Life, Boku no Ita Jikan (you are right about it being similar to OLT) and Manpuku… haven’t seen BG: Personal Bodyguard and Second to Last Love…

      I am curious about Second to Last Love ❀

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      1. Lol re making your mum and MIL watch HYD. Linda’s not the biggest Lee Min Ho fan. She is more into the sci-fi stories such as Sisyphus and quite likes Vincenzo. I do have to put up with how she likes the boys out of Supernatural, though πŸ˜‚

        Second to Last Love is a mature love story that took out some key Japanese drama awards at the time. It’s about a drama producer who believes she has missed her chance at love and a widower who doesn’t think he will end up with anyone again. She ends up being his neighbour and his family keep foiling their plans. I enjoyed the kdrama remake just as much.

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        1. LOL @ Linda and the Supernatural boys :D, I do understand why though πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          The reason I prefer Jdrama over Kdrama is because my brain responds to Japanese better than Korean. I get to understand Japanese dramas without having to pay 100% attention to the subtitles vs. how I am with Kdramas. I don’t know the reason behind it.

          I am currently watching Sons of Anarchy with my husband, I’ve promised to watch this with him some years back — finally, I am fulfilling the promise. I am shocked at how emotionally invested I’ve become..

          I will put Second to Last Love on my list… I usually watch Asian dramas when my husband has a new game –so after SOA, it’s likely that he’d play his new Monster Hunter game, by then, I’d get to choose what to independently watch πŸ˜€

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          1. It is interesting what you say re both languages and their respective dramas. I find Jdramas cover the whole gamut of life and focus on what makes us tick. There is a show for virtually every type of situation and circumstance you can think of. As much as I like kdramas, they mostly focus on a handful of subjects and flog them to death. Our boys, when they were little, would watch Japanese shows/anime without any subs at all. It has always intrigued me how they could do that.

            I have thought about watching SOA over the years. Maybe one day. As we wait for the next season of New Amsterdam, we are watching The City on the Hill and For All Mankind. Both are amazing shows.

            I do hope you get to watch Second to Last Love eventually. It is such an engaging show, with wonderful performances. I am almost tempted to rewatch it 😊

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            1. I have a feeling that you’d like SOA πŸ˜€ I can see you as a member of an MC. Not the gang, but the legitimate one..

              You are right about Jdramas, they cover practically everything… my all time favorites are: Liar Game, Engine, Hana Yori Dango, Kurosagi, Proposal Daisakusen, Gokusen, Sapuri, Nobuta Wo Produce, and Kimi Wa Peto… I have excluded One Liter of Tears from the list because I have not gotten over that drama, it broke me πŸ™‚

              About your boys not needing subs at all, it’s amazing, isn’t it? They’d eventually know conversational Nihongo… it’s intriguing indeed… it’s very similar to my experience with Jdramas, I am sure there’s Science behind it…

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              1. Lol re being a member of an MC. I think it would consist of all my former cricket club members πŸ˜‚ One of my favourite shows was American Chopper. Watching it got me through many a hotel stay while attending conferences and meetings all over the place.

                That’s an interesting list of jdramas. I can understand what you are saying about One Litre of Tears and even more so because it is based on a true story. I did think of watching Kimi Wa Peto previously. I started watching today a six episode show: Kyouen NG. It’s marvellous!

                The boys ended up learning Japanese at school. So, the plan is to visit Japan for a decent holiday once things are in a better place 😊

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                1. Oh they did! That’s amazing! The language and culture is quite interesting πŸ™‚ I hope you get to visit soon… when this pandemic mess is over.

                  Engine is a good one. I believe you’d enjoy it too. Liar Game is something different, but totally enjoyable.

                  You have a biker vibe Sean — usually “the boss types” — your cricket team will certainly enjoy this new adventure πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Yes, American Chopper is a good show. My father-in-law loves it too.

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  3. I have watched Hana Yori Dango so many times and the other countries’ version (I love the mainland Chinese one in 2019). When I saw this post, I can remember the scenes when this song was played. That is how obsessed with it. I don’t really watch a lot of Jdramas even though I live in Japan and have a TV. But, I think I might binge-watch Long Vacation after seeing the opening when researching the drama for the song I choose this week (1993’s It’s a Wonderful Life). I love 90s dramas, especially “Iguana no Musume” and “Aishiteiru to Itte Kure”.

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    1. Oh! You’re so lucky to be in Japan !!! Hahaha!! We are obsessed with Japan!

      Love Jdramas so much… I think I have seen Auishiteiru to Itte Kure… but I have to make sure later…

      My favorite old jdrama is itazura na kiss… so kawaii!!

      OHEMGEE! I know how the musical scoring in HYD had so much impact on its dramatic weight.. I feel like rewatching it now!

      Thank you for reading my post!


      1. Which version of itazura na kiss do you like? The 90s or 10s one? Aishiteiru to Itte Kure is a love story between an actress and a deaf painter

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        1. The 90s one! My husband and I watched it together early 2000s… see, he was our β€œschool crush” back thenβ€” so he’d tease me that I was like Aihara who is crushing over the guy…

          … one funny memory of the drama was the β€œindirect kiss” the one about reusing the straw your crush used thus, the indirect kiss

          Oh, I haven’t seen that yet, I must have mistaken it with another drama…


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