Perfect Memento in Strict Sense/Higan

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彼岸 Higan
危険度: 不明 Threat level: Unknown
遭遇する妖怪: 不明 Encounterable youkai: Unknown
三途の河の向こう岸である。 The other side of the Sanzu River.
勿論、彼岸は幻想郷ではないが一応紹介する。 Obviously Higan is not part of Gensokyo, but I'll introduce it here anyway.
生きたまま生き来が比較的容易になっている冥界とは異なり、間に三途の河が流れている為、生者は彼岸に行く事が出来ない(*40)。 In contrast to the Netherworld where the living can come and leave relatively easily, the living cannot go to Higan because of the Sanzu River(*40).
彼岸は何処までも花畑が広がり、昼も夜も、季節も無く、ただただ暖かく優しい光に包まれている。 Higan is an endless flower garden with no night, day, or seasons — just gentle warm light that envelops the area.
ここで何をするのかと言うと、閻魔王の裁きが始まるのを待ち続けるのである。 All people do here is await the Enma's judgement.
眠らず、食事も取らず、会話もせず、ただここで延々と待つ事で、自分が死んだ事を自覚するのである(*41)。 They don't sleep, eat, or talk. All they do is wait, and by doing so they realize that they are dead (*41).
冥界に行ければ良いのだが、地獄に落とされると一時的に輪廻転生の輪から外され、もう桜を見て美味しいお酒を楽しんだり出来なくなるのである。 It's okay if you are sent to the Netherworld, but if you descend into Hell you'll temporarily leave the circle of transmigration and won't be able to once again enjoy the sights of cherry blossoms and the taste of sake.
*40 と言うか、行くと死ぬ。死者も河を渡るまではまだ息を吹き返す可能性も在るが、渡ってしまえばもう生き返らない。 40: Rather, if you go, you die. Although there is a chance that the dead can breath again before they cross the river, once they make it across they cannot come back to life.
*41 最近は死者が多すぎて十王の裁きが追いつかないらしい。 41: Lately, there had been so many dead people that the Court of the Ten Kings cannot keep up with them.


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