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A moon rabbit and a lunar exploration vehicle―
Is it an illusion or reality; a pleasant dream or a nightmare?

童祭 ~ Innocent Treasures

#01 童祭 ~ Innocent Treasures Children's Festival ~ Innocent Treasures
Dream changing, the memory of a world of illusionary morning mist.
This present world, sitting atop a crumbling foundation of sand.
A fabricated dream's history, telling of an ancient profound world.
In broad daylight, a town sinks.


(Dawn is about to come. The night in this phantasmal fog will be over.
I played with the children in the fantasy world.
All of the kids looked really happy and were smiling.)

Is it an illusion, or a tower built on sand?
This dream, till daybreak, is a butterfly dream.


(...When was the last time I've seen children smiling so?
Mysterious songs that I've never listened to; mysterious dances that I've never seen. Maybe there was a festival today.
I thought I also always wanted to live in such a country where I can see this kind of smile on these children.)

Dream changing, the conspicuous color of an illusory scarlet mansion.
This present world, sitting atop a cold-hearted foundation of stone.
A fabricated dream's fairy tale, telling of an ancient beautiful capital.
In broad daylight, a town is corrupted.


#02 華胥の夢 Dream of Huaxu
"Paradisaical Daydream"


"...Oh, that's right. There was this dream I had yesterday."
" you're going on about your dreams again?"
"Yes, I called because I wanted to talk to you about the dreams I've been having lately."


My name is Maribel Hearn. I'm part of an occult club in this dull town. Though we don't hold any of the regular activities you'd expect from an occult club, like seances or things like that. It's what people would call a bad excuse of a club... even before you add in that this "club" has only two members.


"Eh, is the stuff that happens in dreams really something you should be sharing with someone else?"



But putting that aside, I have an amazing power. Since ancient times, members of my family have had a sort of spiritual sensitivity...

I can see the unreachable spaces of the world - that is, I can see boundaries. The true objective of our club is to seek out the gaps of the boundaries, places where you can dive into another world. I guess you'd call it "spiriting away"?



...Of course, that kind of thing is forbidden.

But recently, I've started to see other worlds in my dreams...


"Please, if I don't talk to you about the things in these dreams, I'm not sure I'll be able to tell which me is real."

上海紅茶館 ~ Chinese Tea

#03 上海紅茶館 ~ Chinese Tea Shanghai Scarlet Teahouse ~ Chinese Tea


Beyond the walls of green was a great house in stark red.
A mansion, framed by deep green forest and a sparkling white lake...
Where could you find such a beautiful scene?
For something so red, it managed to fit its surroundings perfectly.
The bold color did look a bit childish, but... I loved it.


Could I take a look inside, just for a minute or two?
But it would be rude to just show up unannounced...
Or rather, would a mansion like this even let me in?
Wait, what am I so afraid of? This is just a dream, isn't it?


...Oh, a maid came out.
Should I ask her?
I want to greet the owner of such a wonderful mansion.


#04 ヴォヤージュ1969 Voyage 1969
"1969, from Cape Canaveral"


Everything looked the same no matter how far I walked.
The sun had already set, and I couldn't even see my own feet...

どうしましょう? 困ったわ。
それとも、妖怪に喰べられちゃうのかしら? まだやり残した事色々あったんだけどなぁ。

At night, a bamboo forest could be like a maze.
Sometimes I heard strange cries in the distance. Were they coming from animals, or...
What should I do? This was serious.
Was I going to walk in circles until I starved to death?
Or would I be eaten by a youkai? There were so many things I hadn't done yet.


I wandered around aimlessly.
A voice in the back of my mind said that I probably wouldn't starve, because I could survive by eating bamboo shoots.
...What a thing to think about in a dream.
But then I realized that I had no idea what wild bamboo shoots look like.
I'd only seen synthetic ones. All I knew about them was the taste...


At a loss for anything else, I looked up at the sky.
The whole sky was filled with stars.
For the first time, I envied your eyes.
If you were there, you'd know exactly which way you were going; you'd never get lost.


That was when I heard a chilling laugh from right behind me!


#05 科学世紀の少年少女 Boys and Girls of the Age of Science
"21st Century Boy and Girl"

「うん? 夢の話じゃなかったの? メリー」

"Here are the cookies I got at the scarlet mansion, and the wild bamboo shoots from the bamboo forest."
"Huh? I thought you said this happened in a dream, Merry?"
The girl listening to my talk about dreams is Renko Usami: the other member of our little club of two, and the one who comes up with most of our activities. Renko can tell where she is and what time of day it is, just by looking at the sky - it's kind of creepy.


Also, Renko calls me Merry. People in this country seem to have trouble pronouncing my name, to the point where I wonder if anyone even remembers it anymore.


"Yes, I'm talking about dreams. I just said that, didn't I?"
"...But if those were just dreams, then how do you have those things here in front of you?"
"And that's why I needed to talk to you."


It's becoming hard for me to tell what's a dream and what's reality. The dreams usually end when I'm being chased by a youkai - I guess you'd call them nightmares, but...
If I keep finding things from my dreams while I'm awake, then maybe even the conversation I'm having now is just a dream...


"For one thing, Merry, these aren't bamboo shoots any more. By the time they get to this size they're too stiff to eat."
And if it were to change from a world of nightmares to one of good dreams, it would feel more real than this one...
"Wild bamboo shoots hide underground, to protect themselves while they're still soft and tasty."

永夜の報い ~ Imperishable Night

#06 永夜の報い ~ Imperishable Night Retribution for the Eternal Night ~ Imperishable Night


I ran for dear life, even though I was in a dream.
I didn't know what it was, but the laughter that I heard sounded like something that obviously wasn't human.
My instincts said "Run for it!"



But the bamboo forest was sloped at a slight angle, which made me lose my sense of balance.

I intended to run immediately, but what actually happened, I wonder?


Although I think I ran a ways, I saw nothing but the same scenes I saw before.
Does this forest continue on for eternity, or am I running around in the same place?
...But I guess they are both the same.


To think along the lines of "when you look at things objectively, there exists a clear reality" like Renko does really is outdated.


The truth exists within subjectivity.
If you can only see the scene that you've seen before... that's the kind of place this is.


And so, I'm running.
Because dream is not something like the antonym reality.
In recent common sense, they are synonyms.
Even in dreams, unfamiliar things are to be avoided. Since that's the truth.

蓮子は超統一物理学だったわよね。最近はひも (・・) の研究、順調かしら?

My major is relative psychology.
Renko's is super unified physics. I wonder how her recent studies of strings are coming along?

夜が降りてくる ~ Evening Star

#07 夜が降りてくる ~ Evening Star Night Falls ~ Evening Star


But it's strange...
Even though old-fashioned people like you consider dreams and reality to be direct opposites, I heard that people long, long ago didn't distinguish between dreams and reality.



And these days, we distinguish between dream and reality, but they are the same.

The truth of reality and the truth of dreams, the real me and the dream me, each of them exists.



Am I myself a butterfly of night, human of daytime?

According to current common sense, they're both me.


まるで空を飛んでいる様に移動していたから? 私は胡蝶になっていたのかしら?

I thought I ran away a considerable distance, but I didn't feel fatigued at all.

Was it because I was practically flying in the sky? Did I become a butterfly, I wonder?

でも、そんな夜のとびっくら (・・・・・) もついにゴールのテープが見えて――。

But I could see the finish line for this kind of midnight marathon...


...I stopped running.
However, just a little further through the bamboo forest, there was a scarlet red shining light.
It had an ominous glow, seemingly unreal.
To put it simply...
Was its color closest to that of the flame reaction of rubidium, I wonder?



Although it was by no means a glowing piece of bamboo, like from that story.

Remaining cautious of what may have been behind me, I peered into the direction of the light.

人形裁判 ~ 人の形弄びし少女

#08 人形裁判 ~ 人の形弄びし少女 Doll Judgement ~ The Girl who Played with People's Shapes
"Doll Master"


But, oh, what I saw with my own eyes!
Nowadays, for extinct species like Japanese wolves or kappas, it is the era when you can see them in 3D CG...
Even so, I've never seen such a large creature as the one in front of me.

――いや、兎だったかな? 目が赤かったし。


It was bigger than a Japanese wolf; a mouse-like black thing. Only its eyes were shining red.
...No, was it a rabbit? Its eyes were also red.

But the position of the eyes looked odd for a rabbit.
It had two eyes directly in the front of its head, like how yours are.
Although I guess all humans are mostly like that.

というか人間の顔だったかしら? そう言えば人間の顔だったわね。顔だったのよ。きっと。

The size of its face was same as that of human.
Or maybe it was a human's face? Yes, a human's face. It was a face. Definitely.
Do you know of a beast like a large mouse with a human face?


...At that time, the big mouse raised a familiar, eerie voice.
Of course, this big mouse was the thing that was chasing me.
Though, it was not looking at me now, but at the scarlet light.


Indeed, it wasn't the big mouse's eyes that bathed the area in scarlet!
How could it be, that the eerie big mouse was startled by that scarlet light.
Then, I turn my face towards the shining scarlet red light...


#09 夢と現の境界 Border Between Dream and Reality
"Wake Up Mysterious Girl"


"And, this is the scrap of paper that fell after the big mouse and the girl left."
"Hey, are you really talking about your dream?"


The true identity of the scarlet light that confronted the big mouse was somehow a girl. That girl was shining a scarlet light. If you're wondering how she was shining scarlet, it is very simply that the girl's body was entirely engulfed in flames.


No, that notion is not entirely correct. It's more accurate to say that she was sending out flames from her entire body. The deep scarlet flames spread out diagonally, like a bird spreading its wings...


Isn't it so. To the extent of not even being comparable to big mouse with the human face, she was ominous. The mouse was terrified and fled just seeing the girl raise her hands.

私にしてみれば、貴方と会っている今が夢の現実かもしれないし ――」
結局、その女の子は何者だったの? その後どうなったの?」
大鼠を追っ払って貰ったのにどうして隠れてたの、だって? まぁ――」

"Don't you get it yet? Dream and reality are the same thing. I said so all the time, didn't I?
To me, talking to you now might be dream or reality, I don't quite know..."
"Now now, Merry, I'll listen about your talk about the dream world so just calm down a bit.
In the end, who was that girl? What happened afterwards?"
"I don't know. After that, the big mouse ran away... and the girl left, too.
I was hiding the whole time so the large mouse and the girl wouldn't see me.
Why did I still hide even after she chased the mouse away for me? It's because..."


I gazed into the girl's eyes, a scarlet red eye shining even brighter than the big mouse's...
"...Since you could not call her human."

幻想機械 ~ Phantom Factory

#10 幻想機械 ~ Phantom Factory Phantasm Machine ~ Phantom Factory


In the end, all Merry talked about was the world in her dreams before leaving by herself, satisfied.
I considered what she said while I was looking over several objects that Merry gave me. Merry said that dreams and reality are the same thing, but that couldn't be. Even with that common sense of relative psychology nowadays, it is to the very end a matter of one's mind, and if objects from a dream show up in the real world, that would be a big problem. It's against the Law of Conservation of Mass. What would that do to entropy?
I have a firm belief. Merry unintentionally crossed a boundary, and believed that she was dreaming. She may even be at a place unusually close to a boundary right now. Did Merry go beyond being able to see boundaries to being able to manipulate them? No, I doubt it. Maybe we've been doing too many actual club activities lately.
As things are now, she might be eaten by youkai in a dream. Or experience a spiriting away. Her mind is swaying through so many worlds. When she is in another world, if she doesn't think she's in a dream, she might possibly not be able to come back. She might think this world is the dream. Even though she herself does not realize it, she's in grave danger.





:メリーにはどっちが良い? 私にとってはどちらが一般解?
If she's asking for my help, then I have two ideas:

:First, throw the stuff away and convince that it was all a dream or an illusion.
:By doing this, there will not be a dream world within this reality a second time. Dream and reality are different things.

And the other way is...

:Strongly convince her that she actually was in another world, and awaken her from the dream.
:That way, she wouldn’t die in that dream world without knowing the truth.
:But… if I did that, there is the possibility that she would not be able to return to this world.

: Which is the best for Merry? Which is the best choice in my opinion?
:...Isn't it obvious?

幽玄の槭樹 ~ Eternal Dream

#11 幽玄の槭樹 ~ Eternal Dream Mystic Maple ~ Eternal Dream

「惜しいって何? というか、今日は何の用かしら?」

"Honestly, you're always late, Renko, even though you're the one who called me."
"Merry, I was 3 minutes and 15 seconds late. Somewhat disappointing, eh?"
"What do you mean, 'disappointing'? Anyway, what did you want today?"
"Definitely club activities. We might as well since all the members are here."
"Although there are none but us two... wait, did you find a place like that entrance again?"


There is but only one conclusion. It's Merry's dream world.
Its beautiful nature with a hint of mysteriousness.


A shrine in the deep mountains separated from the human village.
Kids having a great time.
A deep green, and sparkling white lake.
A scarlet mansion, and tea time under the sunshine filtering through the trees.
A huge bamboo forest that makes you lose your way, and wild bamboo shoots.
The full moon that makes people insane.
A creature that has a human's face that's not a human.
And, the ominous phoenix...
...It's not fair if you're the only one who gets to see them!


"Of course, I can find entrances to another world.
See, I have plenty of clues."
"Clues...? These are the things I got in my dream world, Renko."
"That's right, that's what we're looking for today.
Say, doesn't it seem like the children in this country never seem to have fun?
Do you know why that is, Merry?"



主観が真実だって? 貴方の言っている事は矛盾している。その学説は間違っている。

"They learned to think that dream and reality are the same thing,
because of the scholars who think as you do.
As a mere virtual phenomenon seen within the mind, they have incorporated it as a real physiological phenomenon.
Outside of subjectivity, there is a believable objectivity. There is an absolute truth.
You say subjectivity is the truth? By saying that, there is an inconsistency. The theory is mistaken.
As proof, you did not recognize subjectivity, and definitely did dream, didn't you?
Dreams and reality are different. That's why it's possible to make dreams reality with great effort.
And so, kids are able to smile.
Let's wake up! Dreams are things to be made into reality.
The world of dreams can be made into reality!"


初めてかもしれない、ZUNです。神主だけで構成されたバンドやってます。勿論嘘です。博麗神社で細々と神主やってます。 It may be the first time meeting you. I'm ZUN. I perform in a band comprised solely of kannushi. Of course that's a lie. I'm a kannushi, handling all of the fine details at the Hakurei Shrine.
The release of this kind CD was rather unexpected. Wait, is this already my third one?
This CD is all sorts of creepy. C'mon, cross your fingers at it and just disregard it entirely.
聴くもんじゃないですよ? だから別のストーリー(意味)を与えてあるわけですし。
But seriously, the songs I chose are those composed for my many previous releases. But most of the tracks are basically made for shooting games, so they're so intense, it can get tiring.
They're all songs that you would never listen to by themselves, yeah?
You wouldn't, right? That's why I gave them another story (meaning), because the games have their own story. Balance is everything.
The first track "Children's Festival" was my own entry theme for a panel some time ago. I've composed plenty of theme songs for many kinds of characters, but it was incredibly hard to write one for me, and a little embarrassing.
Actually, the song even has lyrics. Oh, the comment for the track turns into the lyrics.
In this song that comes and goes between dreams and reality, which is the truth?
そうそう文中のメリーと蓮子の二人は、秘封倶楽部という謎のサークルを結成して、あれやこれ等、オカルトな活動を行っています。詳しい事は一切語られていないのですが、科学が進化すると天然の筍が食べられなくなるのでしょうか? 可哀想に。
I'm not so worried about where the "Sealing Club" is headed, but...
Yes, Merry and Renko, who was featured in the text and is part of the mysterious "Sealing Club" that participates in all sorts of occult activities. While I didn't go into great detail, has scientific progress prevented them from eating wild bamboo shoots? What a pity.
でも、鴇の味噌汁は飲めるのかもしれない。合成で。 But maybe they can have miso soup with crested ibis. Synthetically, that is.
そう考えるとなんて未来は夢で溢れているんだろう。 Thoughts like that make me believe the future will be full of dreams.
外は何かと物騒で満足に遊べない、家の中ではネットの向こうの他人の感情を想像しないといけない(これは大人でも難しい)し、間違ったことを正してくれる大人も居ない。たまに叱るとすぐにキレる。今のネットでは子供には厳し過ぎてとてもまともな人と付き合う能力を育めないのかも知れない。 It's too dangerous for children to have fun outside, so they have to stay inside trying to guess the emotions of other people on the internet (Even if you're an adult, it's difficult to do) and there are no adults correcting their mistakes. So on the rare chance they do get scolded, they get mad. The internet at the moment may be too strict for children to learn how to have a proper social life.
ですが、子供達の心がどんどんと狭くなる一方のこの国でも、もしかしたら街に子供達の笑顔が溢れる日も来るのかもしれないですね。合成で。 Still, even in this country whose children's hearts become smaller and smaller, perhaps the day will come when the streets will be filled with the smiles of children. Synthetically, that is.
上海アリス幻樂団 ZUN (筍好き) Team Shanghai Alice: ZUN (Bamboo shoot lover)


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