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Illustration by Chiha Ayami.
第百十九季 皐月の一
Season 119, Satsuki issue #1 (est. 2004/06/18 ~ 2004/07/17)
長引く大寒波に春乞いの儀式
Spring-Summoning Ritual Held to Counter Prolonged Cold Wave
寒波を追いやる類似的呪術
Similar to an incantation to drive away the cold
○月現在、気温が例年を大きく下回り、非常に寒い日が続いている。 Currently in the month of X, due to the temperature being significantly lower than the average at this time of year, the days of extremely cold weather continue.
そんな吹雪の中、何かの儀式の跡だと思われる痕跡が発見された。これは春乞いの儀式であると呪術の専門家は言う。 In this snow storm, traces of something believed to resemble a ritual have been spotted. A magic specialist says this is a ritual to summon spring.
春乞いの儀式とは、春が来る事に類似した行動を取り、実際に春を迎えようという呪術的な儀式である。具体的な手段は判っていないが、冬の寒波に関連する者が袋叩きに遭った跡が見つかり、恐らく寒波を排除するという類似性を使った呪術では無いと思われる。 In a spring-summoning ritual, acting as if spring has come creates an incantation that invites spring to come in actuality. The specifics aren't known, but signs of a person related to the cold wave being assaulted were found, which may or may not be related to this ritual.
袋叩きに遭った者は、冬の妖怪レティ・ホワイトロック(妖怪)。辺り一面戦闘の跡が見られ、本人は完全にのされていた。恐らく、春乞いの儀式をより確実な物にしようと本気で戦闘を行ったものと思われる。本人は暫く雪に埋もれるように倒れていた後、今度の出来事に対し重い口を開いた。 The victim of the assault was a youkai of winter, Letty Whiterock (youkai). Judging from the scene of the scuffle, she was completely beaten. Perhaps the ones who started this fight felt it was a more reliable method than the spring-summoning ceremony. After she recovered from being buried in the snow, she spoke critically of the event.

「春乞い? 何だか分かんないけど私に攻撃してきたのは人間よ。人間のくせに、あったまきちゃうわね。私は長い冬に喜んで飛んでいただけだって言うのに。折角の吹雪なんだからもっと気持ちよく楽しみたいじゃないの」

"Summoning spring? I don't know what that is, but it was a human who attacked me, despite their fear of youkai. I was just flying around, enjoying the long winter. Blizzards are an uncommon occurrence, so you'd think they would be more eager to enjoy it."

寒波の見立てに使われ理不尽な攻撃を喰らった妖怪は、別段春乞いの儀式に同意していたという訳では無いようである。恐らく、人間側の一方的な儀式か、寒さで苛立っていた所に吹雪に浮かれた妖怪が通りかかったので、衝動的に儀式を行ったのかもしれない。 The youkai who was attacked for her perceived connection to the cold wave did not agree with the idea of a spring-summoning ritual. Most likely, the youkai celebrating the snow storm passed by the human-centered ritual or a place that was irritated by the cold, and then impulsively brought attention to herself.
また、春乞いとしては冬を追い出すだけど呪術として不完全だと言う。専門家の見解では冬を追い出した後は、春を迎え入れる儀式が行われるはずだという。春を迎え入れる儀式とは、例えば桜の花びらの様な物を作り、それをばらまいて擬似的に桜吹雪を作り出す、といった事を指す。春が訪れるまで春乞いの儀式が続く可能性がある。 However, the spring-summoning ritual is not complete once winter has been driven off. Specialists say that after winter is driven away, there must be a ceremony to welcome spring. For the spring-welcoming ceremony, one makes things that look like cherry petals and then scatter them, making a cherry blossom blizzard, for example. It's possible that the spring-summoning ritual will continue until spring comes.
(射命丸 文) (Aya Shameimaru)

Other articles[edit]

紙面から From page:
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31 幻想郷各地にかまくら出現 雪見酒か
32 注意! 鴉の間で悪性トリインフルインザ大流行中
6 — Ice Fishing Rising in Popularily With the Extended Winter
31 — Ice Huts Appearing All Over Gensokyo, Brewing Sake
32 — Caution! Contagious Bird Flu Spreading Among Crows

Interview[edit]

Illustration by Touya.

Aya

まだ、春が訪れませんね

Spring still hasn't arrived, huh?

Letty

なんだか今年は調子が良いわ~

This year has been so wonderful.

Aya

冬が長いからですか?

Is it because of the long winter?

Letty

そうよ。このまま一年中冬ならもっと良いのに。春なんて花粉が溢れるだけで何の取り柄もないのに

That's right. It'd be better if it would stay like this year-round. There's nothing good about spring. Just a whole lot of pollen floating around, that's all.

Aya

それにしても、何でこんなに冬が長いんでしょうねぇ

Anyway, I wonder why this year's winter has been so long.

Letty

あ、私を疑っているの? 私はこんな事出来ないわよ?

Ah, do you suspect I'm behind this? It's beyond my abilities, I'll have you know.

Aya

それは想像の範囲内ですから。でも春乞いの儀式が行われたから、もうすぐ春になるのかしら

That was just a guess on my part. But since they've finished the spring-summoning ritual, it ought to be here soon.

Letty

何よ、春乞い春乞いって。気持ちよく飛んでいたら理由もなく攻撃された私の身にもなってよ

What kind of ritual is that? I'm just flying along, enjoying the weather, and suddenly I get attacked, for no reason whatsoever.

Aya

おそらく人間も、相当苛立っていたのですよ。寒いし吹雪は止む気配はないし。そうでなければ人間の方から妖怪に襲いかかってくるなんて、滅多にあることではないです

I imagine even the humans are getting irritated. It's cold, and the blizzard shows no signs of stopping. If not for that, I doubt you would have been assaulted, since humans attacking youkai are practically unheard of.

Letty

そうよねぇ

I guess you're right...

Aya

......いや、私の知っている一部の人間は、理由もなく襲いかかってきそうな気もするわね

...Well, among the humans I know, there's one that would come at you for no reason.

Letty

一部の人間ってまさか......

This human... You can't mean...

Aya

春乞い、いや、貴方を攻撃してみた人間って紅かったり白かったりする人間じゃないかしら、ひょっとしなくても

The one who was welcoming spring... I mean, attacked you, wouldn't happen to be all red and white, by chance?

Letty

しくしく~

Boo-hoo-hoo...

Aya

それは仕方がないです。運がなかったと思って諦めるしか

There simply wasn't anything you could have done. Just think of it as a stroke of bad luck, and...

Letty

そんな理不尽な事ってあります? 私は吹雪が楽しくてお外を駆け回っている時、人間がやってきたからいじめてやろうと思っただけなのに~

Does it even make sense? I was having so much fun playing around in the snow, and thought I'd tease the human that showed up just a bit, that's all.

Aya

そういえば、貴方は冬以外の季節はどうしているのでしょう?

By the way, what do you do during the other seasons?

Letty

春は春眠、夏は惰眠、秋はまどろみの時間。全く日の当たらない場所で隠れて休んでいるわ。余り動くと息が上がっちゃって

I go into a deep sleep during spring, stay inactive through summer, and nap during autumn. I stay hidden and rest in places out of reach of the sunlight. I don't move or breathe much...

Aya

難儀ですね

It sure is a tough life...

Letty

だから冬はその分楽しまないと

That's why I must enjoy winter for all it's worth.

Aya

冬は邪険に扱われた春乞いの犠牲。明かに春が優遇されてます。なんて言うか、楽しいですか?

But it gets treated as a scapegoat during the spring-summoning ritual. Clearly, spring is more favored by everyone else. Can you really enjoy it?

Letty

もー。冬は寒くて当然じゃないの~。邪険に扱われるのはおかしい!

Sigh. Winter is supposed to be cold. It's wrong to treat it so cruelly!

Aya

貴方は、がんばって夏に活動して暑さを軽減すれば、みんなに喜ばれるのでは無いでしょうか

Wouldn't everyone be happy if you tried to stay active in summer and reduced the heat a little?

Letty

あ、名案? って言いたいところだけどぉ、私は寒さを操るの。冷気を操るどこぞの妖精なんかと一緒にされても困るわ

Oh, that's a good idea. Well, that's what I'd like to say, but I manipulate the cold. Don't confuse it with manipulating cold air like a certain fairy.

Aya

似たような物かと思うんですが

They sound similar to me...

Letty

あの妖精は、自然の中の小さな歪み。私の場合は、自然に生きる妖怪様。寒いときに、より寒くするのが一番楽しいのよ

Those fairies are just minor anomalies of nature. I, on the other hand, am a great youkai that lives in nature. When it's chilly out, making it even chillier is my greatest joy.

Aya

自己満足で完結する妖怪ってのも困りものね。妖怪は人間を襲うのが仕事なのです

A youkai that has become complacent is a problem. A youkai's job is to attack humans.

Letty

だから襲いかかろうとしたのに。あの時の人間に~

But I did attack that human from before...

Aya

こてんぱんにされて春乞いの見立てに使われるようではお話になりません。そろそろ冷えてきたので帰っても良いでしょうか?

But that doesn't work if you only come out as a sacrifice for a ritual. Anyway, I'm starting to feel cold, so maybe I should leave now.

Letty

冷たいわ~。もうすぐ春だって言うのにねぇ

That's so cold of you. I thought you said it was almost spring...

Profile[edit]

レティ・ホワイトロック Letty Whiterock
冬になると何処からとも無く滂く妖怪。寒気を操る。 Winter youkai that appears out of nowhere. Has the ability to manipulate chill.
出演作:『東方妖々夢』 Appearances: Perfect Cherry Blossom


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