Being swept along by the current—
Going in the direction that people are going,
Seeking what is popular in the times.
This is one way of life.

With such a way of life,
There are things that we cannot see
There are places that we cannot reach.

Daring to resist the current—
There are times when we must do so.
Even if everyone chooses the same path
There are times when we must take a different path.

Rather than pursuing a public reputation,
We seek what truly moves us,
Striving to delve into this
Until our soul resonates with it.

Letting our soul move—
This is the promise of a way of life
That transcends the current
Even when within the current.

Keiko Takahashi