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第百二十六季 師走の四

Season 126, 4th of Shiwasu (~December 28th, 2011)


A New Business in the End-of-Year Rush


Is this the outbreak of a Christmas business war?


Things are always busy around the end of the year, but that's what makes it such a profitable time for businesses. And it seems that a new competitor has arrived.


Many are well aware of "Christmas" by now. It's an event where a foreign saint called Nicholas comes, flying in the air as he whips his animals, sneaking into houses legally while the owner is asleep. This open-minded event has already become a fad in the outside world, and it looks like there are already signs of it appearing in Gensokyo as well.


Ms. Seiga Kaku (hermit) seeks to make a business out of this fad. She says that with her ability to go through walls at will, she is planning to sneak into human houses.


"During Christmas, everyone buys toys from Santa Claus (St. Nicholas), and he sneaks in to deliver them. That's how it works in the outside world. I guess it's an event that gathers faith from children."


But Seiga claims that it isn't enough:

「白髭のお爺さんの信仰なんて要らないし、そもそも幻想郷には(サンタクロースが)居るかどうか判らないでしょ? だったらオモチャを売りつけるのも難しいじゃない。だから、私は家主に直接オモチャを売りつけるか、寝てたら何か金目の物を持っていくことにしたわ」

"Why should we believe in some white-beard old man, especially when we don't even know if he's in Gensokyo in the first place? That's why everyone has such a hard time selling toys. So, I decided that I'm going to sell the toys directly to the owner, or, if they're asleep, I'll just take something that looks valuable."


With that, she showed me a bag stuffed full with her treasure. Her service seemed rather prosperous indeed. Humans and hermits should be expecting a heated battle around Christmastime.


Incidentally, St. Nicholas is known for his white beard, but when it comes to white beard in Gensokyo, we tend to picture Sarutahiko. Since he is also the god of us tengu, it wouldn't be good for him to develop a negative image. We just hope she will not conduct her Christmas business while wearing white beard. [1]


(Aya Shameimaru)

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  1. The present left behind by Seiga is the Four Monkeys statue from Miko's article. It is related to Koushin, a religion with Taoist roots which is a combination of Japanese Buddhism and Shinto, and came to be identified with Sarutahiko (boss of tengu) by some Shinto sects. Aya appears to object to him being confused with a "Christianised" Taoist.