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Annual rings engraved on the pillars. The shade of the practice reflected on the old wall.


伊勢国白子(現 三重県鈴鹿市)に在った普済寺所伝の曲だと伝わる。深い情感を備えた尺八によるレクイエム。歩むが如く悠然としたメロディはどこか子守唄を想わせるが、もの悲しくも切々として厳しい。

This piece is said to be from Husaiji Temple in Shirako, Isenokuni (currect: Suzuka city in Mie prefecture.) It's a requiem with deep emotion performed by shakuhachi. Its calm melody is as if it's walking, reminding you somewhat of a nursery song, yet also sorrowful, earnest and harsh.

「小石川大正住宅 1階板の間」

"Koishikawa Taisho House, 1st floor"
This wooden house built over 100 years ago near Tokyo Dome is now called "Koishikawa Taisho House."
Though it's in Tokyo, the yamate-style it's built in doesn't seem cheap at all in comparison to the newer wooden houses in Shitamachi built after the war. The neighborhood barely escaped the air raids of 1945, and until about 30 years ago there were many wooden houses left, but during the bubble economy, the land was sold off, and now this is the only house still standing. It appears in Kokoro written by Natsume Soseki, and it's also close to the place of Higuchi Ichiyo's demise. Looking out from the second floor, the alleyway where children used to play, reminiscent of the stage of "Nigorie," remains hidden between the 30-story apartment building across the street.   


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