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I'm currently working on a translation of a song ("故" by Gremlins) and I have run into something quite strange... While it is not unusual for Japanese lyricists to use kanji with a different meaning than what their singing suggests, or otherwise be creative with their lyrics, I cannot find a connection here, or even understand why he would use these kanji together.

The lyrics goes like this:








I am almost a hundred percent certain what he says is 'kuzen wo nozomu' but while the reading makes sense, I don't actually know what it would mean? Nozomu looks sligtly different to me too, but that could be the small font in the pamphlet, I am not sure. I haven't been able to find the kanji I see it as anywhere...

Does anyone have any suggestions? The theme is very traditional, so there could be some classical or outdated kanji use involved, but I have no clue.

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Did you try looking up 供膳 in a dictionary or in google? – virmaior Apr 19 '14 at 1:28
I have tried every online dictionary I know and google, too, of course. I don't have my actual dictionaries with me here, so I haven't been able to look through them, but it doesn't really seem like this combination is used at all... – Visualife Apr 19 '14 at 1:46

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I found it here.

It appears to be a very formal word describing when two newlyweds have their first meal together.

Given the lyrical content, though, it may be referring to this. 供膳 in this sense refers to a ritual where food is left for deceased ancestors. If the person singing is staring down death, this may be what it is.


I am not totally sure either way, though. This is just what I found with some quick searching!

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