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Article

Illustrated by Genji Asai.
第百二十季 皐月の一
Season 120, 1st of Satsuki (~June 7th, 2005)
三途の河幅の算出に成功
Width of the Sanzu River Calculated
数字の魔術師が暇つぶしに・・・・・・
The math magician did this to kill time...

○月○日、数字の魔術師が三途の河の河幅を算出し、関係者を驚かせた。三途の河と言えば、あの世とこの世の間に流れる河の事である。この河は幅が一定ではなく、何らかの条件で極端に長さが変わることで有名である。その為、河幅の計測は不可能とされてきた。

On the Xth of X, a mathematics whiz calculated the width of the Sanzu River, astonishing related parties. The Sanzu River is the river that separates this world and the next. This river has no fixed width. Rather, it is famous for extending to extreme distances under certain circumstances. Because of this, calculating the width of the river was assumed to be impossible.

その偉業を成し遂げた数字の魔術師は、八雲藍(式神)。普段から数字にはめっぽう強く、複雑な計算式も瞬時に答えを導き出し、周囲を驚かせる事もある。なぜ、今回三途の河幅を計算しようと思ったのかという問いに対して、暇つぶしに、という馴染みやすい返答を頂いた。

The numerical super-genius who accomplished this feat is Ran Yakumo (shikigami). Her computational prowess is unbelievable, able to solve complicated equations in an instant. When asked why she decided to try and calculate the width of the Sanzu River, she simply replied that it was to waste time.

気になる三途の河の河幅だが、この計算式を理解するにはある程度の専門知識が必要となる為、この記事で数式まで詳しくは説明しない。興味がある方は本人に直接聞いてみる事をお勧めする。概要はこういった感じである。

While our readers may be curious about width of the Sanzu River, some degree of specialized knowledge is needed to understand the formulas involved. For that reason, this article will not go into details. I suggest those interested ask her directly. As for a general synopsis:

「三途の河は、普通の河ではなく過去を流れる河。その為この長さは目に見える長さとは異なり、その距離の算出には故人の歴史の概念が必要となる。河幅は、人によっては一瞬で終わったり何時まで経っても渡れない事もある。このファクターは人間には知られていないが、船頭さんへの渡し賃だと言われている。渡し賃が多ければ多いほど、距離は短いと言うわけだ。それは綺麗な反比例の曲線を描き、渡し賃が0に近いときは限りなく無限大に近づき、渡し賃が多ければ幅は限りなく0に近づく」

"The Sanzu River is not a normal river, but one that carries away the past. This is why the actual length is different from the observed length. It is necessary to know the histories of the deceased to calculate that distance. The breadth of the river, depending on the person, can take either a mere instant to cross or an practically interminable amount of time. Humans may not know what factor determines this, but it has been said to be related to the ferryman's fee. The more you pay the ferryman, the shorter the distance. Plotting the curve of this inversely proportional function, we see that the closer to zero the ferryman receives, the closer the distance approaches infinity. Conversely, the more the ferryman is paid, the closer the distance approaches zero."

また、あの世の財産はこの世の財産と同じ物ではなく、人間が亡くなった時に自分の財産をあの世に持っていく事は出来ないという。その為、渡し賃の量はさらに別のファクターが絡んでくるらしい。ここから先の計算は故人の歴史というファクターも絡み、何千式にも及ぶ方程式を解く必要があるという。

Also, wealth in the other world is not the same thing as wealth in the present world. Humans cannot bring their fortune from this world to the next when they die. That is why it seems the amount paid is determined by other factors. From here on, the calculations take into account factors such as the histories of the deceased, where several thousand formulae are needed to solve the equation.

算出に成功したと言っても、あまりにも複雑すぎてこれを証明できる者は居ない。正しいのかどうかも判らないが、少なくともこれを有効利用できるとは思えない。

However, even though she says she can accurately calculate the distance, the equation is so complicated, nobody is able to verify her computations. With no way to tell if she is correct, I do not feel this could be of the slightest use.

(射命丸 文)

(Aya Shameimaru)

今回の偉業を達成した八雲氏 (式神)

The achiever of today's exploits, Ms. Yakumo (shikigami).

Other articles

紙面から

From page:

3  夜の湖に蜃気楼出現? 原因は不明
19 空を飛ぶ妖怪受難黄砂と花粉のダブルパンチ
23 竹の子のシーズン到来

3 — Mirage on the Lake at Night? Cause Unknown
19 — Flying Youkai's Misfortunes: A Double Whammy of Yellow Dust and Pollen
23 — Bamboo Shoots in Season

Interview

Illustrated by Touya.

Ran

正しいよ?

But it is correct.

Aya

うーん。これほど役に立たない偉業は久しぶりに見ました

Hmmm. I haven't seen a pointless accomplishment on this large of a scale in a long time.

Ran

最初から、暇つぶしにやった、って言ってるじゃない

I told you that I only did this out of boredom.

Aya

それにしても数字に強いのですね。私にはさっぱりです

But you are really good at mathematics, unlike me.

Ran

はい、数千式の方程式

Here, an equation with a thousand formulae.

Aya

げ-

Ack!

Ran

こっちは証明

And here is the proof.

Aya

うげげげげ

Ughhhhh.

Ran

私は式神ですから、この位のことは夕飯前さ

I'm a shikigami, so something like this is just child's play.

Aya

・・・・・・暇つぶし、っていつもこんな事考えてるのですか?

...Do you always think of such things when you are bored?

Ran

他にも霧が幻想郷を包み込むのに十分な粒子の数を計算してみたり、北極星にたどり着くのに掛かる時間を計算してみたり

I try to calculate things like how many particles it would take to blanket Gensokyo with mist or how long it would take to reach the North Star.

Aya

よっぽど暇なんですね

You must always be really bored.

Ran

時間だけなら腐るほど。紫様は寝てばっかりですから・・・・・・

I've got time to waste, since Lady Yukari is sleeping all the time...

Aya

式神が数字に強いって言ってましたが、そういう物なのですか?

Is this what they mean when they say shikigami are good with at mathematics?

Ran

数字というか、方程式が式神そのものだからねぇ。拡散も収束もしない方程式が生きた立体を無限に生み出すように、紫様が作った方程式は私の力を無敵の物に変える。だから方程式通りに私も動く

Naturally; equations themselves are shikigami. Just as equations that neither diverge nor converge produce an infinite number of solid objects, so do the equations Lady Yukari uses to increase my power indefinitely. I therefore act as the equations command.

Aya

そういう物なのですか。決められた行動をとり続けるのは私には窮屈過ぎて出来そうにないです

So that's how it is. I don't think I could keep up acting in a predetermined fashion. It'd be too constraining.

Ran

今の何倍も速く飛べるようになっても? 何倍も強い力が出せるようになっても?

Even if you could fly many times faster than you do now? Even if you could become many times stronger?

Aya

速くても決められた通りじゃあ意味が無いです。自由に飛べてこそ意味があるのです

Speed means nothing if I can't control it. Freedom gives flight meaning.

Ran

何倍も特ダネが見つかるようになっても?

Even if you could land many times more scoops?

Aya

ぐう

Ngh!

Ran

・・・・・・私が貴方を式神にしてあげようか?

...Do you want me to make you my shikigami?

Aya

勘弁してください・・・・・・って貴方が式神でしょう?

Please spare me... Wait, aren't you a shikigami yourself?

Ran

私は式神だけど、式神を使うことも出来る。現に式神を操っているのさ

I'm a shikigami, but I can also use shikigami. I'm controlling one right now.

Aya

それは驚きですねぇ

That's surprising.

Ran

そうでなかったら、私が三途の河幅を求める理由が判らないだろう?

If it weren't so, then you wouldn't know the reason I determined the width of the Sanzu River, would you.

Aya

ああそうか、式神を使うから方程式に強いって事ですね、って貴方は方程式で動く身でありながら方程式を操ることに・・・・・・

Oh, I see. Since you use a shikigami, you're good with equations, which means that even as you're run by equations, you're also controlling them...

Ran

そう

Yes.

Aya

自分で新しい式を考え、それを解いてしまうような式を作ってしまう。貴方の操り主は・・・・・・貴方より数字に強い?

So it is akin to creating a new formula and then making another formula that will solve it. Does that mean your master... is better at numbers than you are?

Ran

言うまでもなく、比べものになりません。紫様の方程式なんて、私には解くことも理解することも出来ません

It goes without saying that there is no comparison. I could never understand much less solve Lady Yukari's equations.

Aya

なんて恐ろしい・・・・・・

How terrifying...

Ran

柴様だったら三途の河の河幅どころか、無間の底の深さすら求めてしまう。北斗七星が北極星を食べるまでの時間だって求めてしまう。それも一瞬で。普段は寝てばっかりだけど、いったん口を開けば誰も考えつかない事を命令する

Lady Yukari would determine not only the Sanzu River's width but also the depth of the bottom of Avici. She'd find out how long it would take Ursa Major to devour the North Star, all in an instant. Normally all she does is sleep, but the instant she opens her mouth, she gives orders no one else would think up.

Aya

もう異次元の話です。そんな力のある妖怪もまだ居たのですね・・・・・・

This conversation's gone into a whole other dimension. So there are still youkai around with that much power...

Profile

八雲藍 (やくも らん)

Ran Yakumo

紫の式神で、主人か寝ている間に代わりに活動している。式神ながら、自分で式神を使えるほどの力を持つ。

Yukari's shikigami, she acts when her master is asleep. Though she is a shikigami, she is able to use shikigami herself.

出演作:『東方妖々夢』『東方永夜抄』

Appearances: Perfect Cherry Blossom, Imperishable Night


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