Ugetsu Monogatari: Tales of Moonlight and Rain: A Complete English Version of the Eighteenth-Century Japanese Collection of Tales of the Supernatural

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VOLUME THREE

V
BIRD OF PARADISE
(Buppōsō)286

Japan, the Land of Peace and Calm, 287 had long been true to its name. Its people rejoiced in their labour and still found time to relax underneath the cherry-blossoms in spring and to visit the many-coloured groves of trees in autumn. Those who wished might take long trips by sea with the tiller as their pillow 288 and visit the strange shores of Tsukushi. 289 Yet others could set their hearts on the pleasure of climbing such peaks as Mt Fuji and Tsukuba. 290

In Ise, in the hamlet of Ōka, 291 there lived a man whose name was Hayashi. He retired early from his occupation in order to make way for his son, and he took the tonsure and called himself Muzen, though he did not actually become a priest. 292 He had always been a healthy man, and he liked travelling to various places as he grew on in years. When his younger son, Sakunoji, began to mature, Muzen worried lest the boy be too countrified, and wishing to show him how people in the capital live, he took him to spend about a month at his establishment in Kyoto, in the Second Ward. Toward the end of the Third Month they went to view the cherry-blossoms in the deepest recesses of Yoshino. 293

After enjoying themselves for seven days or so at a temple where he was known, Muzen told the boy that they had never been to Mt Kōya, 294 and that since they were so near they ought to pay a visit. Thus they made their way through the thick, green foliage of early summer, passing by a place known as Tennokawa 295 and then climbing the Mountain of Mani. 296 As they toiled up the steep path, the sun began to set before they noticed it.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 5
  • Translator's Foreword 9
  • Contents 13
  • Illustrations 15
  • Introduction 19
  • Notes on the Introduction 88
  • Volume One 97
  • Preface 97
  • I - White Peak (shiramine) 98
  • II - Chrysanthemum Tryst (kikuka No Chigiri) 109
  • Volume Two 121
  • III - The House Amid the Thickets (asaji Ga Yado) 121
  • IV - The Carp That Came to My Dream (muō No Rigyo) 132
  • Volume Three 139
  • V - Bird of Paradise (buppōsō) 139
  • VI - The Caldron of Kibitsu (kibitsu No Kama) 149
  • Volume Four 161
  • VII - The Lust of the White Serpent (jasei No In) 161
  • Volume Five 185
  • VIII - The Blue Hood (aozukin) 185
  • IX - Wealth and Poverty (himpuku-Ron) 194
  • Notes on the Text 207
  • Appendix 1 - Imperial Succession in the Twelfth Century 261
  • Select Bibliography 277
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