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For Beginners: Japanese Short Stories



Ten Nights of Dreams

Ten Nights of Dreams

(夢十夜:ゆめじゅうや)

The First Night

Soseki Natsume




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The dreamer sits at the bedside of a woman who says she is dying. Because of the warm color in her lips and cheeks, he questions, several times, if she truly is dying. After confirming that she must indeed die, the woman asks a favor. After she dies, he should dig her grave with a large shell, mark it with a fragment of fallen star, and wait at its side a hundred years for her return.



Ten Nights of Dreams

(夢十夜:ゆめじゅうや)

The Third Night

Soseki Natsume




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The dreamer is walking at dusk with a six-year-old child on his back. He believes the child is his own, and he knows that the child is blind. However, he does not know when the child lost its sight. Despite its blindness, the child seems to know where they are and where they are going. Its voice is childlike, but its words are mature. The dreamer grows ill at ease, and he resolves to abandon the child in the woods up ahead. As they enter the woods, the child directs the dreamer to the base of a cedar tree. The child states that he was killed by the dreamer, in this very place, on a similar night, a hundred years before. The dreamer remembers the night, and at the same moment the child grows heavy as stone.




Soseki Natsume

Natsume Soseki (夏目 漱石, February 9, 1867 - December 9, 1916), born Natsume Kin'nosuke (夏目 金之助), was a Japanese novelist. He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history. (Soseki Natsume)

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