打首獄門同好会 (Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai) – シュフノミチ (Shufu no Michi) Translation

Kanji

Translation

Title: The way of the housewife/house-husband*

The housewife/house-husband goes on attack, impervious to pain and death, he/she immolates his/her body to the approaching domestic chores.

The housewife/house-husband protects his/her beloved family and fullfill completely his/her duties according to the way of the housewife/house-husband.

Spinning, spinning, spinning, today too the world is spinning

and the housewife/house-husband makes the washing machine wash spinning the laundry.

Risking, risking, risking, today too someone is risking their lives being vacuumed away**

and the housewife/house-husband is carefully vacuuming the floor

Before time slips away

We have to decide what to prepare for dinner

We have to go to the supermarket

the chores*** of the housewife/house-husband are not over yet.

The housewife/house-husband goes on attack, with his/her sharp edge cuts up the tomatoes without squishing them

The housewife/house-husband protects, with his/her sharp glances never misses bargain offers and sustain the family’s expenses.

The housewife/house-husband leaves behind that street and that other street too while speeding through with his/her bike****

The housewife/house-husband won’t stop and will continue to fullfill completely his/her duties according to the way of the housewife/house-husband

This, that, that too, everywhere is dirty*****

but the housewife/house-husband cleans that up completely

Today and tomorrow too something in this world is rotting

but the housewife/house-husband uses each ingredient with letting them rot away.

Before time slips away

we must wash rice to cook today

we must press the start button of the rice cooker

Until the family of the housewife/house-husband is there

the days of the chores*** won’t end.

The housewife/house-husband goes on attack, impervious to pain and death, he/she immolates his/her body to the approaching domestic chores.

The housewife/house-husband protect his/her beloved family, granting them a place to call home for eternity and more.

The housewife/house-husband goes on attack, with his/her sharp edge he/she scatters his/her DIY creations all over the house

The housewife/house-husband protects, with his/her sharp glance he/she determines accurately which are the most fresh ingredients.

The housewife/house-husband speeds through, any time everywhere, making his/her bike**** roar

The housewife/house-husband won’t stop and will continue to fullfill completely his/her duties according to the way of the housewife/house-husband

Notes and Others

*=the term used here and the rest of the song is unisex.

**=I tried my best to keep the pun between the expression of “putting one’s life at stake” and “vacuuming” in Japanese.

***=written as “chores”, read as “battle”

****= that’s a very specific word for a model of bike designed specifically for housewives in Japan called “mama-chari” (a kind of pun on “mama-chariot”). These things look like the most innocent vehicles ever designed, but I’ve still have PTSD from Japanese women rushing at 50mph or something (some models have built-in engines to “help” on impervious traits of streets) with an emotion-less face in the streets with their child in their back-seat. Honestly, the line between the mama-chari and the motocycles of gang members seems to me very thin.

*****= a pun on the fact that everywhere is dirty as if “there’s nothing/no one pure in this world” and “everything is stained”.

I’m sorry, this song is the best. I love it. I love the band. I didn’t even watch the anime but I already know it’s great. You’re welcome.

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