MAY

TOKYO    

1TH(sic) SATURDAY

    Kinô wa ichi-nichi Nuka no yô na Ame ga futte ita ga, Kyô wa Kirei ni harete, Hisashi-buri ni Fuji wo nagameta. Kita no Kaze de sukoshi samui.
    Gozen wa "Rudin. 浮草." wo yonde kurashita. Ah! Rudin! Rudin no Seikaku ni tsute kangaeru koto wa, sunahachi Yo-jishin ga kono Yo ni nani mo okoshi enu Otoko de aru to yû koto wo Shômei suru koto de aru......
    Sha ni iku to Satô-shi wa Yasumi: Katô Kôseichô wa nan de ka mukunda yô na Kao wo shite ita. Waza to Kinô yasun da Iiwake wo iwazu ni Yo mo damatte ite yatta.
    Zenshaku wa Shubi yoku itte 25 yen karita. Kongetsu wa kore de mô toru tokoro ga nai. Sengetsu no Tabako-dai 160 sen wo haratta.
    6 ji han ni Sha wo deta. Gozen ni Namiki kun ga kite Rei no Tokei no Hanashi ga atta node, sono 25 yen no Kane wo dô Shobun sureba ii ka――Tokei wo ukeru to Yado ni yaru no ga taranaku nari, Yado ni 20 yen yareba Tokei wa dame da――kono Samatsu na Mondai ga Atama ippai ni hadakatte yôi ni Ketsumatsu ga tsukanai. Jissai kono Samatsu na Mondai wa shinô ka shinumai ka to yû koto wo kessuru yori mo Yo no Atama ni Konnan wo kanjisaseta. To ni Kaku kore wo kimenakereba Uchi e kaerenai.
    Owarichô kara Densha ni notta. Sore wa Sasakusa-yuki de atta.
    "O-norikae wa?"
    "Nashi."
    Kô kotaete, Yo wa "mata iku no ka?" to Jibun ni itta.
    Kaminari-mon de orite, soko no Gyû-ya e agatte Yû-meshi wo kutta. Sore kara Kwatsudô-shashin e haitta ga, chi'to mo omoshiroku nai. "Subaru Tanka-gô" wo Zasshi-ya de katta.
    "Iku na! iku na!" to omoi nagara Ashi wa Senzoku-machi e mukatta. Hitachi-ya no mae wo so' to sugite, Kinkwatei to yû atarashii Kado no Uchi no mae e yuku to Shiroi Te ga Kôshi no aida kara dete Yo no Sode wo toraeta. Fura-fura to shite haitta.
    Ah, sono Onna wa! Na wa Hana-ko, Toshi wa 17. Hitome mite Yo wa sugu sô omotta:
    "Ah! Koyakko da! Koyakko wo futatsu mitsu wakakushita Kao da!
    Hodo naku shite Yo wa, O-kwashi-uri no usu-gitanai Bâsan to tomo ni, soko wo deta. Soshite hôbô hippari-mawasarete no ageku, Senzoku Shôgakkô no Urate no takai Rengwa-bei no shita e deta. Hosoi Kôji no Ryôgawa wa To wo shimeta Ura-nagaya de, Hito-dôri wa wasurete shimatta yô ni nai: Tsuki ga tette iru.
    "Ukiyo-kôji no Oku e kita!" to Yo wa omotta.
    "Koko ni mattete kudasai. Watashi wa ima To wo akete kuru kara." to Bâsan ga itta. Nan da ka kyoro-kyoro shite iru. Junsa wo osorete iru no da.
    Shinda yô na Hito-mune no Nagaya no, tottsuki no Uchi no To wo shizuka ni akete, Bâsan wa sukoshi modotte kite Yo wo Tsuki-kage ni Ko-temanegi shita.
    Bâsan wa Yo wo sono Kimi warui Uchi no naka e ireru to, "Watashi wa sokoira de Hari-ban shite imasu kara." to itte dete itta.
    Hana-ko wa Yo yori mo Saki ni kite ite, Yo ga agaru ya ina ya, ikinari Yo ni daki-tsuita.
    Semai, kitanai Uchi da. Yoku mo minakatta ga, Kabe wa kuroku, Tatami wa kusarete, Yane-ura ga mieta. Sono misuborashii arisama wo, Nagashibachi no Neko-ita no ue ni notte iru Mame-ranpu ga obotsukanage ni terashite ita. Furui Tokei ga monouge ni natte iru.
    Susubita Hedate no Shôji no kage no, 2 jô bakari no semai Heya ni hairu to, Toko ga shiite atta――Sukoshi waratte mo Shôji ga kata-kata natte ugoku.
    Kasuka na Akari ni ji' to Onna no Kao wo miru to, marui, shiroi, Koyakko sono mama no Kao ga usu-kurai naka ni pô' to ukande mieru. Yo wa Me mo hosoku naru hodo uttori to shita Kokochi ni natte shimatta.
    "Koyakko ni nita, jitsu ni nita!" to, ikutabi ka onaji Koto bakari Yo no Kokoro wa sasayaita.
    "Ah! konna ni Kami ga kowareta. Iya yo, sonna ni Watashi no Kao bakari michâ!" to Onna wa itta.
    Wakai Onna no Hada wa torokeru bakari atatakai. Rinshitsu no Tokei wa kata'-kata' to natte iru.
    "Mô tsukarete?"
    Bâsan ga shizuka ni Uchi ni haitta Oto ga shite, sore nari Oto ga shinai.
    "Bâsan wa dô shita?"
    "Daidokoro ni kaganderu wa: kitto."
    "Kaai sô da ne."
    "Kamawanai wa."
    "Datte, kaai sô da!"
    "Soryâ kaai sô ni wa kaai sô yo. Honto no Hitori-mono nan desu mono."
    "Omae mo Toshi wo toru to aa naru."
    "Iya, Watashi!"
    Soshite shibaraku tatsu to, Onna wa mata, "Iya yo, sonna ni Atashi no Ko bakari michâ."
    "Yoku niteru."
    "Donata ni?"
    "Orore no imôto ni."
    "Ma, ureshii!" to itte Hana-ko wa Yo no Mune ni Kao wo uzumeta.
    Fushigi na Ban de atta. Yo wa ima made iku-tabi ka Onna to neta. Shikashi nagara Yo no Kokoro wa itsu mo nani mono ka ni ottaterarete iru yô de, ira-ira shite ita, Jibun de Jibun wo azawaratte ita. Konya no yô ni Me mo hosoku naru yô na uttori to shita, Hyôbyô to shita Kimochi no shita koto wa nai. Yo wa nani goto wo mo kangaenakatta: tada uttori to shite, Onna no Hada no Atatakasa ni Jibun no Karada made attamatte kuru yô ni oboeta. Soshite mata, chikagoro wa itazura ni Fuyukwai no Kan wo nokosu ni suginu Kôsetsu ga, kono Ban wa 2 do tomo kokoro-yoku nomi sugita. Soshite Yo wa ato made mo nan no Iya na Kimochi wo nokosanakatta.
    1 jikan tatta. Yume no 1 jikan ga tatta. Yo mo Onna mo okite Tabako wo sutta.
    "Ne, koko kara dete Hidari e magatte futatsu-me no Yokochô no tokoro de matterasshai!" to Onna wa sasayaita.
    Shin to shita Ukiyo-kôji no Oku, Tsukikage Mizu no gotoki Suidô no Waki ni tatte iru to, yagate Onna ga Kôji no usugurai Kata-gawa wo Geta no Oto karoku kakete kita. Futari wa narande aruita. Toki-doki Soba e yotte kite wa, "Honto ni mata irasshai, ne!"

    Yado ni kaetta no wa 12 ji de atta. Fusigi ni Yo wa nan no Kôkwai no nen mo okosanakatta. 'Hyôbyô taru Kicmodhi' ga shite ita.
    Hi mo naku, Toko mo shiite nai. Sono mama nete shimatta.