Eyes to the Skies 目を空に

10! 9! 8! I feel like I’m in one of those steam-punk sci-fi movies where something catastrophic is about to happen, and I’m flying out via a homemade space contraption. I scramble about the ship, scrounging for parts, pushing buttons, leaping over seats. Time is short.

(このポストの翻訳は難しかったため、苦手な日本語すみません。)

10!9!8!私はなんかスティームパンクサイエンスフィクションの映画の大惨事が起こるところのときにいる気がして、手作りの宇宙線のような機会で逃れている。宇宙線の周りに急いで、部品を探して、ボタンを押して、座席を飛び越します。時間が短い。

7! 6! Will I make it? Computers beep at me. Meters are off. I make some last minute repairs. I leap over the seat again. There’s something about leaping over the seat that seems both in a hurry and really cool. Screw in a bolt here, pull a lever there. Seconds blur into days into months.

7!6!間に合うかな?コンピューターがビープとする。計器が違いる。泥縄式の修繕をする。また座席を飛び越す。なぜか、座席を飛び越すことが緊急と格好いいという感じの気がする。ここで、螺子を捩じて、そこで、レバーを引く。秒が日に滲んで、月にも滲む。

5! 4! I’ll make it. My best friend helped me with the ship. Lots of friends actually. And I trust them all. I’ll make it. I’m getting there! Tighten another screw, hop over the seat one more time. So much excitement, but no time to stop and revel in it. Gotta be ready when this thing takes off!

5!4! 間に合う。大親友が応援してくれたんだ。たくさんの友達、じっさいは。そして、みんなその友達に信用している。間に合う。着いている!もう一つの螺子を捩 じて、もう一回座席を飛び越す。とっても興奮しているけど、その興奮をとどまる時間がない。この宇宙船の発進の前に準備しなきゃいけない!

3! 2! 1! I strap myself in. I watch the lights, hear the beeps, feel the rumbles, let it all unfold before me for just a moment. Takeoff. Peace in the chaos. Where endings and beginnings meet. Engine churning, thrusters burning, eyes to the skies, hope is in the air! I’m getting there.

3!2!1!ベルトを締める。灯を見る、ビープを聞く、轟きを感じる、つかの間に全てに私の前に起こらせる。発進。混乱の中の平和。結びと始めが会うこと。為る機関、燃えるスラスター、目を空に、希望が空気にある!着いている。

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About Stephen

My name is Stephen Falke, and I have a passionate interest for all things Japanese. I have been accepted to teach for the JET Program starting 2015. In the past, during my time in college, I also had the chance to participate in a study abroad at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, for Japan's 2012 school year. On my blog I write about my love for Japan, my journey to get there and stay there, and my adventures studying and teaching there.
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