I really like the dramatic and operatic opening, with Karashima's angle like vocal. She sang:
How long does it take for love to be born and subsequently exhaust its breath?
Even upon rebirth, I certainly wish we would encounter each other once again.Then, it pretty much mesmerized me from that point on. After this dramatic opening, the song goes back to a soft and quiet ballad. In the bridge, it picks up its tempo and builds up tension, and finally repeats the dramatic chorus once again. I also like the last chorus where Karashima raised her key by half a step to finish off.
According to Midori Karashima, she wrote the song as a result of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, or Kobe Earthquake in 1995. She saw the disaster areas on TV at night. She thought, "Here's what I want to say now. I must convey that message right now!" It's under this constant "pressure" that she wrote the song and lyrics. Karashima also said, every time she sings the song, it reminds her how helpless she was when she saw helpers and volunteers trying to provide assistance to the victims. A few years after the quake, when she's finished performing this song at a live house in Kobe, she would break into tears unintentionally. The participants cried too. Even now, she still remembers how she spent that miraculous night, she wrote.
I have translated the lyrics into English. If you're interested, you can visit my blog.
A few years back, I was able to find the video where she sang this song live (with her playing the piano) at the 37th Japan Record Award. I couldn't find it anymore. Too bad. However, I am able find the following MV though. By the way, the first video is a recording of her X'mas Concert in 2008. Karashima has been having her annual X'mas Concert, in classical style (with full orchestra), since 1999. Enjoy!