While listening to this magnificient singer, Mayumi Itsuwa singing her hit song Koibito Yo (My dear love), please read the following story which I translated from the song lyrics. The feelings and emotions expressed in the song made this song a number one hit in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong in the 80's.
In early 80's, my husband visited Japan on business. He had lots of trouble memorizing the wordings of this song. In a gathering , some representatives from Malaysia were asked to perform some songs. So, my husband took the challenged and sang with full confidence. Unfortunately, the Japanese did not understand a word! Hahahahahhaha...... but the melody was there!
Once upon a time, somewhere in Japan, a young girl awaits. Under the drizzling rain, and seated on a broken chair in a park waiting. The pebbles jogging path were glittering under the rain.....This was the place where a love began.
The autumn leaves were falling. It was on the branches in Spring and Summer. But now , the trunks and branches are almost visible. Gone were the leaves....... all gone. It shows that winter is coming soon.
With eyes closed, tears flowing down her cheeks, Mitsu was hoping that that the weather will stay sunny and bright... as bright and as light as her heart so in love. But as she opened her eyes, Mitsu realized that it was not a dream at all. This was reality!
Gone were the love songs... all what was left was only memories which hurt her so much. Mitsu was hoping that he will come back to her in open arms. With laughter and twinkling eyes and telling her that it was only a joke....... but it was not. It was a tragic! She cried again but was lucky that nobody realised it because it was raining.
Then suddenly, a male jogger passed by and saw Mitsu sitting on the broken bench in the rain looking blankly at the pebbles where he was standing. He remembered she was with someone before, the same seat, the same time..... But now she was all alone. She was in distressed. It showed! As if he knew of the caused, the man talked to her and encouraged her to move forward and never to look back. The past is over... let bygone be bygone. It hit Mitsu. She awoke from her bad dream. She stood and walked away without looking back anymore at the bench where her love ended.