Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Japanese folktale: Tsuru no Ongaeshi


Mukashi, yama no naka de sumi wo yaiteiru mazushi wakamono ga imashita. Chirachira yuki no furu, samui fuyu no hi no koto desu. Wakamono wa nagai aida tameta okane de futon wo kai ni machi he dekakete ikimashita.
            Hazunda kokoro de yama wo oriteiku to, katawara no shigemi no naka de, gozogozo oto ga shimashita.
“Hate, kitsune demo iru no ka na?” sotto yousu wo ukagau to, shiroi hane ga miemashita.
“Tsuru da, tsuru ga wana ni kakatteiru. Mate, mate… ima tasukete yaru zo,” wakamono wa kawaisou ni omotte, ashi ni kakatte wana wo hasusou to shimashita.
Soko he, ryoushi ga arawaremashita.
“Nani wo suru! Omae wa washi no emono wo yokoderi shiyou to iu no ka?” ryoushi wa wakamono wo niramimashita.
“Kawaisou dakara nigashite yatte kure. Iya nara, koko ni okane ga aru. Kono tsuru wo utte kurenu ga.” Wakamono wa futon wo kau okane wo ryoushi ni watashimashita.
“Saa… mou konna tokoro he kuren ja nai zo.” Wakamono wa sou itte, tsuru wo sora he nigashite yarimashita.
“Kuuu…..” Tsuru wo ureshisou ni hitogoe naku to, wakamono no atama no ue wo ookiku mawatte, sora he kiete ikimashita. Tsuru wo miokuru to, mou machi he iku youji wa arimasen. Wakamono wa kita michi wo, yukkuri yama he modotte ikimashita.
Tsugi no hi no asa no koto desu. Mita koto mo nai hodo utsukushii musume ga yattekimashita. Soshite…
“Watashi wa yomesan ni shite kudasai,” to iu no desu.
“Tondemo nee… Washi wa kono toori binbouna sumiyaki ja. Yomesan wo moratte mo, kuwaseru koto mo dekinai,” wakamono wa kotowarimashita ga, musume wa, “Anata no yomesan ni shitekuretara, ikura mazushikute mo kamaimasen,” sou itte, wakamono to kurasu koto ni narimashita.
Wakamono no kurashi wa sukkari kawarimashita. Asa me wo samasu to, irori ni wa mou atatakai hi ga moete imashita. Kao to aratteiru to, “Gohan ga dekimashita yo,” to kireina yomesan ga yobimasu.
Yomesan wa yama no naka ni aru oishi tabemono wo yoku shiteite, jyouzu ni tsukurimasu. Ie no naka mo kirei ni katatsuite, shigoto mo dondon hakadotte ikimasu.
“Washi no tokoro he yome ga kuru nante yume miteina hanashi da,” wakamono wa shiawase sou deshita.
Aru hi no koto desu.
“Ura no koya wo katadzukete imashitara, hokori wo kabutte hataori ga arimashita. Watashi ni hata wo orasete kudasai? Sono kawari, hata wo otte iru aida wa, kesshite naka wo nozokanaide kudasai,” yomesan wa sou itte, koya he hairu to, to wo shimemashita.
‘Giiii pattan, giiii pattan.’
Yoru mo hiru mo, koya no naka kara nuno wo oru oto ga kikoeteimashita.
“Onaka sukan no ka? Sukoshi yasunde meshi wo kuttaradou ja?” wakamono wa shinpai wo shite, soto kara koe wo kakemashita. Keredomo, henji wa arimasen. Wakamono wa masumasu shinpai ni narimashita. Nandomo koya no to wo akeyou to shimashita ga, jitto gaman wo shite imashita.
Yokka me ni natte, yatto koya no naka kara yomesan ga detekimashita. Yomesan wa sukkuri yasete, furafura shiteimashita. Yaseotoroete, kubi bakari nagaku kanjiraremashita.
“Koya no naka ni oriageta nuno ga arimasu. Sore wo machi he uri ni itte kudasai. Kitto takai ne de katte kuremasu.”
“Sonna koto wa dou demo nai. Washi wa omae no karada ga shinpai ja,” wakamono ga iu to yomesan wa nikkori hohoemimashita.
“Watashi no koto wa shinpai nasarazu ni. Saa… hayaku watashi no iu koto wo kite kudasai.”
Wakamono wa nuno wo motte, machi he dekakete ikimashita. Omise no shujin wa sono nuno wo mite bikkurishimashita.
“Hohou…. Kore wa subarashii. Ima made mita koto mo nai nuno ja. Hachi juu ryou, iya hyaku ryou dashimashou. Kondo motte koraretara, ni hyoku ryou de kaiagemashou.”
Me no mae ni, hyaku ryou no koban wo tsumarete, wakamono wa karada ga furueru hodo, odoroite imashita.
“Washi ni mo, iyoiyo un to iu mono ga muite kitanda. Ie ni kaettara, sugu mata nuno wo oraseyou.”
Senaka no tsutsumi ni wa, zusshiri to omou hyaku ryou no okane ga arimasu. Ima made mita koto mo nai okane desu. Wakamono no kokoro wa sukkari kawatte shimaimashita. Yama no naka ie he modoru to, wakamono wa me wo kagayakase nagara, yomesan ni hanashi wo shimashita.
“Mou ichido dake ja, soshitara futari de machi he dete, ookina yashiki wo tatete, itsumademo omoshiro okashiku kurasu no ja.”
Watashi wa anata to futari de, zutto kono mama no kurasu ga shitai no desu. Machi he nado ikitaku wa arimasen,” yomesan wa shizuka ni iimashita. Keredomo, wakamono wa kikimasen.
“Sorehodo anata ga iu no deshitara, ato ichido dake orimashou. Kondo mo nuno ga oriagaru made, kesshite nozokanai de kudasai,” yomesan wa sou itte, mata koya he haite ikimashita.
‘Giiii pattan, gii giiii pattan.’
Koya no naka kara, hata wo oru oto ga kikoetekimasu. Mae yori yowayowashii oto deshita ga, wakamono ni wa wakarimasen. Wakamono wa irori no mae ni nekoronde, o sake wo nominagara.
Tokoro ga, kondo mo yokka me no yugata ni natte mo, mada hata no oto ga shite imashita.
“Nani wo guzuguzu shite irundarou?” wakamono wa tachiagaru to, kossori koya no to akete, naka wo nozokikomimashita.
“Y, ya… kore wa nanto…?”wakamono wa odoroite tachisusumimashita. Nanto koya no naka de isshin ni hata wo otteiru no wa, kore wa yasete tsuru deshita. Tsuru wa kochibashi de ippon ippon karada kara hane wo nuite, nuno wo otteite no desu.
“Ima yatto, oriagarimashita. Keredomo, konna sugata wo mirarete wa, mou koko ni iraremasen. Watashi wa anata ni tasukete itadaita tsuru desu. Saa… kono nuno wo machi he motte itte, shiawase ni kurashite kudasai. Sayounara…”
Tsuru wa sou iu to, hane no nuketa tsubasa wo itaitashisou ni hiroge.
“Kururu…” hitogoe naite, sora he tobitatte ikimashita.
“Okane nado iranu. Washi wa warukatta. Ima made toori, futari de kono yama no naka de kurasou. Dakara, dakara, modotte kite okure….”
Wakamono wa nakinagara, itsumademo sora ni mukatte sakebi tsudzukete imashita.