Japanese text of Akarui Omoide

Bright Memories

Delicious food, a warm home –
        is there anything better to yearn for?

Even if the path ahead seems tough –
        what else shall I desire?

Remembering radiant stars
        the room around me seems to glimmer.

Sunlight sparkles brilliantly
        heaven and earth both sing.

A warm home, delicious food –
        is there anything better to yearn for?

The path ahead is all uphill, yet
        what else is worth aspiring for?

– Kamachi Yamada,
from Yamada Kamachi Shi E Shuu
          published by Takuma Shoten
(1992: 156)
[free translation by T Newfields]