'Haru' (春) means 'spring' in Japanese. The nostalgic beauty of the season is remarkably captured in sonic expression by Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
A bit of a personal anecdote: I sent this song to my brother (who's born in spring) for his 31st birthday. Due to our parents work and our schooling, him and I have been living apart in different countries (him and Japan and Malaysia, me in Singapore and Australia) since I was 17.
Coincidentally, the last time I experienced the Japanese or American spring (where we both grew up) was when I was 17. My life has since taken me to Singapore and Australia, where spring is either non-existent or very ill-defined.
I've been away from my brother as long as I have with the season, and to me, this is a very special song that puts me back into that realisation, reminding me of how much fun we both had immersing our tiny little selves in a season full of life.
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