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第百十九季 睦月の四

Season 119, 4th of the Affection Month (January)

大胆不敵、賽銭詐欺

Daring Monetary Offering Fraud

まさかと思いつつ、貴方も騙されていませんか?

Are You Deceived Too While Thinking It'll Never Happen to You?

最近、神社のお賽銭と偽った詐欺が横行している。

Recently, a donation collecting scam has been running rampant.

手口は非常に見事で、白昼、家に堂々と訪れ「お賽銭の集金に参りました」と言ってお金を騙し取るという物である。

The trick is very clever, the fraudster would go from home to home, going "I've come to collect offerings for the shrine" in broad daylight.

お賽銭を入れる事が良い事だと思っている人間や妖怪が、ついうっかりと入れてしまうのだ。

Humans and youkai, thinking that it would be nice to donate to the shrine, were all unwittingly caught in the scam.

ただ、お金を入れた方も詐欺にあったとは思っておらず、特に被害を訴える者も居ないため、現在では犯罪には当たらない。

However, neither did the ones who donated think it was a scam, nor did anyone come forward as a victim. Thus it is currently not considered a crime.

  

お賽銭詐欺を現在進行形でやっているという人物に接触することが出来た。

We successfully contacted the donations schemer in her tracks.

その人物は、因幡てゐ(妖怪兎)である。

The schemer is Tewi Inaba (Youkai rabbit).

彼女は詐欺についてこう述べている。

This is what she has to say about her scam:

  

「詐欺じゃないわよ? ほらお賽銭って、気持ちだけでも払えば良い事が起こるんじゃなかったけ? だから、私に会ってる時点でそれは約束できてるしー」

"It's not a scam! Aren't donations things that make good things happen, even if they are little offerings? Then, I can promise that at the moments they see me~"

  

彼女は会った人間をほんの少し幸福にする能力を持つという。

It is said that she has the ability to bring a little happiness to whoever she meets.

その為、お金を取られた人も詐欺にあったとは最後まで気が付かないのだ。

This is why the ones who had their money taken didn't realize it until the end.

  

また、実際にお金を取られた人間から実の声を聞くことが出来た。

Also, we've interviewed the victims of this scam to see what they have to say.

  

「お賽銭? そうね、お賽銭って一体いつから集金制になったのかと思ったけど、可哀想だから入れたわ」(Sさん[人間])

"Donations? Yeah, I wondered when the shrine had started coming around to collect money, but it looked so pitiful so I donated some." (Ms. S, Human)

「あー、おもしろそうだから入れてみたぜ。ほんの少しだけどな」(Mさん[人間])

"Ah, it seemed interesting so I donated some, ze. Just a little though." (Ms. M, Human)

「そもそもお賽銭って何だったかしら?」(Aさん[魔法使い])

"So what's a donation?" (Ms. A, Magician)

  

皆、お賽銭を入れたことに不満は無いようだった。

It seems that there are no qualms about the donation.

また、この事態に本物のお賽銭を管理している神社の巫女、博麗霊夢さんはこう語る。

In the midst of this, the shrine's miko Reimu Hakurei, being the keeper of genuine donations, said this:

  

「何よ、神社のお賽銭箱には葉っぱしか入れないくせに、何でそんな偽物のお賽銭にはお金を入れるのよ! それに何で誰も訴えないのよ! このままじゃ神社の信用に関わるじゃないの」

"What the heck, the shrine's donation box gets only leaves, why does that fake one get money?! And why didn't anyone complain about this?! Wouldn't the shrine's reputation get hurt if things go on like this?"

  

神社のお賽銭箱にお金を入れても何か起こるとは考えにくいが、賽銭詐欺のお賽銭箱にお金を入れると、ほんの少しでも幸福になると言われている。

It's hard to imagine that anything would happen if you put money into the shrine's donation box, but if you put money into the fraudulent donation box, you might become a little happier.

これでは誰も訴えないのは当然である。

It's no wonder why nobody complained.

今一度、お賽銭のあり方というのも見直す時間が来たのかもしれない。

Maybe it's time to reconsider the role of donations.

射命丸文

(Aya Shameimaru)

お金を取られたことに対し、特に不満を見せない被害者。右・Sさん 左・Mさん(共に人間)

Victims apparently not complaining about getting conned. Ms. S (right) and Ms. M (left) Both are humans.


Interview

Aya

見事な賽銭詐欺の手口でしたね

That's a clever donation scam you pulled there.

Tewi

うーん。詐欺じゃないってばー

Mmmm. I told you it's not a scam~

Aya

でも、嘘を吐いてお金を騙し取っていますよね? それを詐欺と言うのではないですか?

But you were lying and cheating their money, and you say that's not a scam?

Tewi

まあいいや詐欺でも何でも。でもね? 私には大きなポリシーがあるの

Fine, it doesn't matter if you call it a scam. But you know? I have a big policy.

Aya

ポリシーですか

A policy?

Tewi

それは、私だけじゃなく、騙された人も幸福にするような嘘を吐く事。幸福にさえ出来るんならば、嘘くらい吐くべきなのよ

That is, I don't lie just for my own happiness, it's for theirs too. If you want someone to be happy you've got to lie.

Aya

私は嘘を吐くことは許しません。真実だけを記事にします

I don't condone lies. I record only the truth.

Tewi

へぇー、素敵な事で。でも、それで誰か得するのぉ?

Eh, that's wonderful. But who gains by that?

Aya

損とか得とかではないのです

It's not about loss or gain.

Tewi

損とか得とかだと思うけどなぁ。だって、優れた嘘は誰も損をしないのよ? 騙された人も、本当は嘘だったと聞いても怒ることは無いし、それどころか感謝すらするもん

I think it's about loss or gain, though. Who loses with a well-intentioned lie? Even if they know it's a lie it's not like they're gonna get angry, they might even thank me.

Aya

でも嘘自体が悪いことです

But lying itself is bad.

Tewi

あんたは私のお賽銭にお金を入れそうに無いわね

You seem unlikely to donate to me.

Aya

騙されませんよ?

I won't be fooled so easily, you know.

Tewi

あーあ、残念だなぁ。ほんの少しだけでも入れれば、ささやかな幸せが待っていると言うのに

Ah, that's too bad. Even if you donate a little, a small happiness would be waiting for you.

Aya

そんなこと無いです

That's not possible.

Tewi

お金を入れた人間たちは幸せそうだったでしょう?それはまぁ……人生を変えるような幸福があるかって言うとそんなことはないけれど、ささやかな幸せは感じられたんじゃ無いのかしら?

Didn't you see the happy faces on the people who donated? Well...it's not the type of happiness that can change someone's life, but can't you feel there is a little happiness in them?

Aya

……

....

Tewi

まぁ、私の能力だしぃ。幸せがある事自体は嘘じゃないんだけどね

Mah, that's my ability. I didn't lie about bringing happiness.

Aya

……ほんの少しっていくらでしょう

...How much money is "a little"?

Tewi

あくまで気持ちだけで十分よ

It's the thought that matters.

Aya

おおっと、騙されるところでした。ただまぁ……騙されてもほんの少しだけで良いのなら面白いかな?

Oh oohh, almost got fooled there. But well...it might be interesting to donate just a little bit, even if I get fooled.

Tewi

はい、幸せのお賽銭箱

Here you go, the donation box of happiness.

Aya

でも、騙されていると判ってお金を入れるんですからね?

I'm donating, but I know I'm being tricked, okay?

Tewi

幸せは気持ちの大きい人に多くやってくる

Happiness would visit those whose thoughts weigh heavier.

Aya

そこまで幸せはいりません。今でも十分幸せですから

I don't need that much happiness, I'm happy enough as I am now.

Tewi

満ち足りている人はいいやねぇ。でもお賽銭を入れたからきっと小さな幸せはあると思うわ

Good for you then. But if you donate you definitely will be a little happier, I think.

Aya

信じてはいませんが、それは良かったです

I don't believe it for one bit, but that's great.

Tewi

きっと、帰りに大きな事件に巻き込まれるとか

You'd definitely get involved into something big when you go home.

Aya

それは……本当に良い事、なんでしょうか

Is that...supposed to be a good thing?

Tewi

あら、良い事じゃないの。いや良い事と言うか、あんたにとっては幸せな事何じゃないの?

A good thing, isn't it. Well, rather than a good thing, it's more like something that makes you happy.

Aya

確かに幸せな事ではあるんですが

That's certainly something that makes me happy...

Tewi

事件が起こる事が幸せな事だと思っているあんたには、私の嘘に難癖つける事は出来ない

You can't fault me for lying when you find happiness where incidents happen.

Aya

酷い言い様です

That's a harsh thing to say.

Tewi

最後に初めて本当の事を言うわよ。私の言った事は殆ど嘘だから、最初からね

Lastly, I'll say something true for the first time. Most of what I said was lies, right from the very beginning.

Aya

!? 最初からですって?

!? Right from the very beginning?


因幡てゐ (いなば てゐ)

Tewi Inaba

長生きした末に妖怪となった兎。

A rabbit who became youkai after living a long life.

人間を幸運にするという能力を持つ。

She has the ability to give humans good luck.

出演作:『東方永夜抄』『東方花映塚

Appearances: Imperishable Night, Phantasmagoria of Flower View

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