I’ve been listening to Japanese Songs for 5-6 years and still some words that I keep hearing over and over again, their meanings have still eluded me. Example, I’ve been hearing 永遠-えいえん-Eien in so many songs in the past year, in BoA’s 永遠 and Exile’s You’re my Sunshine. It was only yesterday that I bothered to look it up in the dictionary, which encouraged me to compile a list of words commonly found in Japanese songs. I hope to cover as many as I can, but of course, if I’m missing any, then feel free to contribute. After all, my playlist is limited to around 5-6 artists mainly!

To avoid overlaps, I will be listing the words in alphabetical order.

afureru-溢れる-あふれる-to overflow

ai-愛-あい-love

ashita-明日-あした-tomorrow

asu-明日-あす-tomorrow

basho-場所-ばしょ-Place

boku-僕-ぼく-Me

chigau-違う-ちがう-to be different,wrong

chikara-力-ちから-power,strength,energy

daisuki-大好き-だいすき-love

dake-だけ-only

dakishimeru-抱き締める-だきしめる-hug

dare-誰-だれ-who

daremo-誰も-だれも-everyone/no one

deau-出会う-であう-to meet

egao-笑顔-えがお-smiling face

eien-永遠-えいえん-eternally

hikari-光-ひかり-light

hitori-一人-ひとり-alone

hoshi-星-ほし-star

hoshii-欲しい-want

irodoru-彩る-いろどる-to colour, paint

itsumo-いつも-forever

jibun-自分-じぶん-yourself,own

kagayaku-輝く-かがやく-to shine

kage-影-かげ-shadow

kanashii-悲しい-かなしい-sad

kanjiru-感じる-かんじる-to feel

kibou-希望-きぼう-hope

kimi-君-きみ-you

kimochi-気持-きもち-feelings

kioku-記憶-きおく-Memories

kiseki-奇跡-きせき-Miracle

kisetsu-季節-きせつ-Season

kizutsuku-傷付く-きずつく-to injure

kodoku-孤独-こどく-alone

kokoro-心-こころ-heart

kotoba-言葉-ことば-words,language

kurushimi-苦しみ-くるしみ-pain,suffering

machi-町-まち-town

michi-道-みち-road

mirai-未来-みらい-future

modoru-戻る-もどる-to return

monogatari-物語-ものがたり-story

mugen-無限-むげん-infinity

mukou-向こう-むこう-opposite

mune-胸-むね-chest,feelings

naku-泣く-なく-to cry

nagareru-流れる-ながれる-to flow

namida-涙-なみだ-tears

niji-虹-にじ-rainbow

nukumori-温もり-ぬくもり-warmth

omoide-思い出-おもいで-memories

sagasu-探す-さがす-to find,search

setsunai-切ない-せつない-painful,trying

shiawase-幸せ-しあわせ-happiness

shinjiru-信じる-しんじる-to believe

soba ni iru-側にいる-そばにいる-next to you

sora-空-そら-sky

subete-全て-すべて-everything,all

suki-好き-すき-like

sukoshi-少し-すこし-a little

terasu-照らす-てらす-to shine

tobira-扉-とびら-doorway,gateway,opening

tsubasa-翼-つばさ-wing

tsuyoi-強い-つよい-strong

uso-嘘-うそ-lies

wasurenai-忘れない-わすれない-to not forget

yakusoku-約束-やくそく-promise

yasashii-優しい-やさしい-Kind,Nice,Easy

yubisaki-指先-ゆびさき-fingertips

yume-夢-ゆめ-dream

And I leave you with an Ikimonogakari いきものがかりsong.

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