Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red/Eientei

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幻想郷名所案内
Guide to Notable Locales in Gensokyo
永遠亭
Eientei
常に霧が立ち籠め、見通しが悪い広大な竹の林がある。竹は成長が早く目印になるような生易しい植物ではない。その為、一旦この竹林で迷うと中々目的地に辿り着けないのである。 There is an expansive bamboo forest enveloped in perpetual mist limiting visibility. The bamboo grows so quickly, it is useless to use them as landmarks. Because of that, if one loses their way, they may never arrive at their destination.
そんな竹林の奥に、人目を避けるように大きな古屋敷が建っている事はご存じだろうか。この永遠亭と呼ばれる古屋敷は、伝統ある昔ながらの日本屋敷が瑕一つなくそのまま残されており、文字通り永遠に変わらない様に思える。 It there is a large, old mansion within the bamboo forest, as if hiding to avoid the public eye. This old mansion is called Eientei. There isn't a single sign of wear in this traditional Japanese mansion, as it is eternal and unchanging.
永遠亭を訪れると、必要最低限しか光を取り込まない為中は薄暗く、笹が風で擦れる音しか聞こえてこない。昼なのか夜なのか、友人なのか無人なのかも判らなくなる。まるで時間と歴史を進める事を忘れてしまったかの様な錯覚を受けるのである。 When visiting Eientei, only the fainted amount of light reaches the bottom, so everything is dark, and the only sounds that can be heard are the bamboo leaves rustling in the wind. You cannot tell if it's day or night, or if your friend is present or absent. It is as though this forest has taken on the illusion of existing outside the flow of time and history.
いつもは何処も騒々しい幻想郷だが、竹林に守られた永遠亭の様な静かな場所もある。ここにはどんな異変が起ころうと変化が無いように思える。何故なら、ここにいると最初から非日常感を感じてしまうからである。異変とは非日常的な物であり、日常の節目の様な物なのだ。また、非日常時は時間の進みが止まる事をご存じだろうか。歴史とは、日常の時に時間を進め、非日常の時の時間の進み具合を記録した物である。歴史上の出来事がいつ起きたのか一言で切り出せるのは、時間が止まっているからに他ならない。その証拠に、日常の事はいつ起きた事か一言で言えないのである。 In the constantly bustle of Gensokyo, Eientei is a quiet place, protected by the bamboo forest. It appears that here is a place where nothing happens and nothing changes. Those that visit experience an unusual sensation. Incidents and unusual occurrences are like knots in everyday life. Also, many are familiar with the feeling of time coming to a stop during extraordinary events. History ignores the flow of time during everyday life and records the flow of time during unusual circumstances. The dates of historic accomplishments can easily be stated. That is because the time when it happened has been frozen. As proof of this, it is impossible to succinctly state what happens when everyday life occurs.
永遠亭は、その非日常で出来ているのである。屋敷に住む月の兎、月の装飾物。全てが非日常の物であり、それ故に時間が進むのを拒むのだ。そういう理由から当主は、この屋敷を永遠亭と名付けたのだという。非日常感を味わってみたいという方は、たまに訪れて見ると良いだろう。ただし、竹林に迷わず辿り着けたらの話だが。 Eientei is a place where the unusual happens on a regular basis. Once of the residents of this mansion is a lunar rabbit, a supplement from the moon. As everything here is unusual, the flow of time has been flatly denied. For that reason, the head of the household named this mansion Eientei, meaning "mansion of eternity". Those who like the unusual may enjoy an occasional visit. However, they must be able to find their way through the bamboo forest first.
(射命丸 文) (Aya Shameimaru)


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