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Symposium Part I

第一部
新勢力は幻想郷に何をもたらすのか

Part I
What change will the new powers bring to Gensokyo?

Akyu

今回はお忙しい中お越し頂き、誠に有り難うございます。私、稗田阿求は皆様の貴重なお話を纏め、これからの幻想郷の為に伝えていきたいと考えています。それではここからの司会は、人間にして魔法使いであり、幻想郷屈指の妖怪識者でもある霧雨魔理沙さんにお願いしたいと思います。

I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time out of their busy lives to participate. I, Hieda no Akyuu, wish to collect your valued views and report them for the benefit of all Gensokyo. With that in mind, I'd like to turn it over to our symposium's moderator, human magician and one of Gensokyo's leading experts on youkai, Marisa Kirisame.

Marisa

あ、えーと司会の魔理沙、です。今回は面白い話が聞けそうだった、いやでしたので引き受けました。えーっと……。

Ah, um, I am the moderator, Marisa. 'Cause... Uh, I mean, because I believed the symposium to be presented here may be interesting, I have accepted the honor of this role. And, umm...

Kanako Yasaka (Henceforth Kanako)

八坂神奈子です。妖怪の山で神社を経営(*1)しています。いつもは神道の事しか考えていない私ですが、今日は他宗教の方の話が聞けるという事で楽しみにしています。

I am Kanako Yasaka. I manage(*1) the shrine on Youkai Mountain. I usually think of nothing but Shinto, but I am interested to hear from those of other religions today.

Byakuren Hijiri (Henceforth Byakuren)

聖白蓮です。里の外れの命蓮寺(*2)で住職をしています。住職と言ってもまだまだ悟りも開けぬ若輩者でございますが、本日はよろしくお願い致します。

I am Byakuren Hijiri. I am the chief priest of the Myouren Temple(*2) on the outskirts of the village. Although I'm the chief priest, I'm still a novice yet to attain enlightenment, but please consider my views today.

Toyosatomimi no Miko (Henceforth Miko)

豊聡耳神子です。えーっと今は人間を辞めて仙人をしております。最近目覚めたばかりでまだ寝ぼけていますが、今日は幻想郷の理解が深まるかと思って意を決して臨んでみました。それにしても幻想郷の人って仲が良いんですね、こんな対談したり……。

I am Toyosatomimi no Miko. Um, presently, I've renounced my humanity and am a hermit. I only awoke recently, so I'm still half-asleep, but I felt that I might deepen my understanding of Gensokyo by attending today, so I was determined to do so. Speaking of which, the residents of Gensokyo seem to be on good terms, if they can have a symposium like this...

Marisa

今回が初めてだぜ。まあ色々新しい事にチャレンジする姿勢は買うが。

Whoa, this is just the first one. But we're always up fer takin' on new challenges, though.

Miko

そうですか……。

Is that so...


[新勢力は幻想郷に何をもたらすのか]

[What Change Will the New Powers Bring to Gensokyo?]

Marisa

というわけで、神道の神様、仏教の僧侶、道教の仙人という感じで、面白い事にみんなそれぞれの商売敵を集めたというわけだ。さしずめ宗教三者鼎談ってところだな。さて何を話すんだ?

So we got here a Shinto god, a Buddhist priest, and a Taoist hermit. Since we've pretty much gathered up a bunch of business rivals, this oughta be good. A three-way talk between three religious figures. So, what are y'all going to talk about?

Kanako

それは司会の貴方が決めることでしょ?

Aren't you, our moderator, supposed to decide that?

Marisa

そうだったな。じゃあ、最初のテーマは『新勢力は幻想郷に何をもたらすのか』だ。好き勝手話していいぜ。

Oh, yeah. Okay, then, the first theme is "What change will the new powers bring to Gensokyo?" Just throw whatever ya want out there.

Miko

もう好き勝手(笑)

As you already are. (laugh)

Kanako

新勢力ってのは私達の事なのかしら?

The "new powers" refers to all of us, right?

Marisa

ああそうだ。一応補足すると、お前達はみんな新参者だ。平和な幻想郷を脅かす危険分子かも知れん、というのがこの対談の裏テーマでもある。

Ah, right. Just t'clarify a little, y'all three are the newcomers. The hidden theme of the symposium is that ya might be hostile elements here t'disrupt our peaceful Gensokyo or somethin'.

Kanako

そろそろ馴染んでもらえたと思っていたのに……(*3)

And here I thought you were starting to get used to me... (*3)

Marisa

何年経っても新参者は新参者のままなんだよ。古参から見れば。

Don't matter how many years go by, newcomers will always be newcomers. From the old timers' perspective, anyway.

Miko

では、本当の新参者である私から話しましょう。

Well then, as the real newcomer, I shall start.

Marisa

あいよ。

Go for it.

Miko

人に危害を与える妖怪もほったらかし、人間の心は浮ついてすぐに流される、というのが幻想郷の第一印象でした。里の人間は現状に流されるがまま日々を過ごし、生活が向上する事も無く、妖怪はそんな浮ついた人心を利用し放題で、今まで崩壊しなかった事が奇跡と言うぐらい、非常に危ういバランスで成り立っていると思います。

My first impression of Gensokyo, besides the fact that there are youkai who cause harm to mankind, is that the minds of humans are capricious and easily swayed. The humans of the village spend their days in mental vagrancy, failing to improve their lot in life, and the youkai are allowed to take advantage of their capriciousness to their heart's content. Frankly, it's a miracle that society hasn't collapsed yet, and I believe the current balance is dangerously unstable.

Marisa

ま、まあな。

Uh, I guess..

Miko

幻想郷には何故為政者が居ないのでしょう? 人間は対等の立場、地位の者だけでは社会として機能しないのです。

Why does Gensokyo have no administrator? Society cannot function with all humans possessing the same social standing and rank.

Marisa

為政者?

An administrator?

Miko

そうですよ。人間を希望有る未来へ導くためには指導者が必要ですよ。適任が居ないのなら是非私が……。

That's right. Humans need leaders to guide them towards future filled with hope. If no one else is qualified then I would certainly..

Kanako

すでに人間じゃ無い貴方が人間を支配して何が人間の未来、なのかしら。

I wonder what kind of future lay in store for the humans under the rule of someone who is no longer human.

Miko

支配だなんて人聞きが悪いですね。人間の中から私を真似したり、否定したりする者が出るまでの繋ぎですよ。

"Rule" is such an ugly word. It would just be a stopgap measure until someone from among the humans is able to imitate and overturn me.

Byakuren

あのーちょっと良いですか? 幻想郷に為政者が居ないと仰りましたが、それは少し違うと思います。

May I say a word? You say that there is no administrator in Gensokyo, but I don't think that's quite true.

Marisa

とは?

And that means?

Byakuren

幻想郷が今の形を保つ為には、妖怪の力がなければなりません(*4)。幻想郷は妖怪が自分達を残す為につくったのですから。幻想郷にいる人間は、妖怪を存続させる為に存在しているに過ぎません。幻想郷の人間は妖怪に支配されているのですよ。

Gensokyo's current form cannot be maintained without the youkai's power(*4). Gensokyo was created by youkai to save themselves, after all. The humans in Gensokyo exist for no further purpose than to preserve the youkai. The humans are being ruled by the youkai.

Kanako

同感ですね。妖怪達が暴走して人間を支配したり、人間が目覚めて誤った道に進まないように(*5)妖怪同士で見張っているという訳。だから、わざわざ人間の中から支配者を出さない方が幻想郷の為なの。

I agree. The youkai keep watch on each other to prevent other youkai from running rampant and ruling over the humans, and to make sure the humans don't awaken to their actual condition and turn down the wrong path(*5). Therefore, the fact that a ruler hasn't emerged from among the humans is in Gensokyo's best interest.

Miko

そうでしたか。しかし、それではあまりにも人間が不憫なのでは……。

So that's how it is. But if that's the case, then the poor humans here are pitiable creatures...

Kanako

動物園の動物たちが本当に不幸なのか、考えてみないとね。

Think of it this way: are the animals in a zoo unfortunate?

Miko

動物園とは?

And a zoo is?

Kanako

絶滅寸前の動物を保護したり、人間に見せて啓蒙させる施設です。本来、自然を自由に飛び回れる鳥も狭い籠の中に入れられて……という面から見れば不幸かも知れない。でも、命を脅かす敵も居無い、食事に困る事も無い、色んな人間を見る事が出来て飽きる事も無い、と考えれば幸福でしょう?

A institution where endangered animals are protected and humans can observe them and learn about them. Taking a naturally free bird and locking it up in small cage... when you look at it from that perspective, it seems quite unfortunate. But now, it doesn't have to worry about predators, or running out of food, and there will always be plenty of humans for it to look at, so it will never get bored. If you think of it like that, aren't they fortunate?

Miko

幻想郷の人間は、動物園の動物という訳ですね? しかしそれでは人間の尊厳は一体どうなっているのでしょう?

So Gensokyo's humans are animals in a zoo? What happened to human dignity?

Kanako

尊厳、ね。それは外から与える物では無いと思いますが……。どうなの?

Dignity, huh? I don't think that's something you receive from others, though... What do you think?

Marisa

ん? 私か? 尊厳って何だ?

Hmm? Me? What's dignity?

Miko

誇りというか、自尊心というか。

Like pride, or self-respect.

Marisa

もちろん、自分の行動には誇りを持っているが、もしそれがやらされている内容だとしても、毎日楽しければ何一つ問題ないぜ。

Of course, I'm proud o' everything I do, but even if I were forced inta somethin', I'd be perfectly fine with 'at so long as I were havin' fun.

Miko

そうですか……。では、私の話は忘れてください。

I see... Then please forget about what I said.

Marisa

って、何の話だったっけ?

Wait, what were ya talkin' about?

Kanako

(笑)

(Laugh)


[神奈子が幻想郷に来た理由]

[The Reason Kanako Came to Gensokyo]

Marisa

というか少し話が難しいな。里の人間がどうだとか、正直どうでもいいんだ。あんたらの話をしてくれ。テーマはあんたらが幻想郷にとって何をもたらすのか、だからな。まず、なんで幻想郷に居着いたんだっけ?

Anyway, I was havin' a hard time followin' that. Honestly, I don't give a flip about the humans o' the village. Talk about yerselves. The theme was "what are you bringing to Gensokyo", after all. So first of all, why'd ya move to Gensokyo anyway?

Kanako

私は幻想郷に新しい信仰心を求めてやってきました。外の世界では神社は唯の観光地やパワースポットと呼ばれる意味不明な場所になってしまって、神様を信仰する場では無くなっているのです。神というものは、人間に信仰されないと存在を保てないのです。

I came to Gensokyo to seek new faith. In the outside world, shrines have become mere tourist traps or called nonsensical things like "power spots", so places for humans to offer their faith to the gods have disappeared. Gods are beings that will cease to exist without humans believing in them.

Marisa

と言っても幻想郷でも信仰されている様には思えんが。

So ya say, but I don't think ya've gotten much faith in Gensokyo, either.

Kanako

実在を信じてくれるだけで良いんですよ。外の世界では神の存在すら信じて貰えないのですから。やはり、実際に幻想郷に来て変わりましたね。ここの人間は当たり前のように神様の存在を信じてくれます。

Just believing that we're real is enough. In the outside world, they've stopped believing that gods even exist. Quite sure everything really changed once we came to Gensokyo. Here, humans believe as an everyday fact that gods exist.

Marisa

ま、まあ、信じるも何もそこに居るしな。

W-Well, even if I believed in ya or not, yer right here, ain't ya?

Kanako

それが外の世界ではそうも行かないのですよ。目の前で不思議な出来事が起きても、幻であると思い込んで断固として現実に起きた事とは認めない。人間は流されやすい生き物ですから、今はそういうブームが来ているのでしょう。

That's not good enough for the outside world. Even if you perform a miracle right before their eyes, they'll convince themselves it's an illusion and absolutely refuse to accept that it actually happened. Humans are easily swayed creatures, so that's the latest fad.

Byakuren

ブームなんですか?

A fad?

Kanako

そう、何もかも意図してつくられたブーム。でもね、傑作な事に神や妖怪は存在しないと思っているのに、宇宙人の存在は信じているのよ?

Yes, an entirely intentional fad. But, you know, the best part is that even while they don't think that gods or youkai exist, they still believe in aliens.

Marisa

ほう? 初耳だな、それは。

Oh? First time I heard o' that.

Kanako

人間は宇宙の広さが自分の手に負えない広さだと知ったとたん、何処かに宇宙人が居るはずだと思い込み始めた。誰も実在を確認してないのにね。科学主義が行き過ぎて急に神秘主義になったって話ですが、滑稽よねぇ。

The moment that humans realized that the vastness of space was beyond their ability to control, they started to convince themselves that there must be aliens somewhere out there, even though nobody's confirmed it yet. Rationalism suddenly turns to mysticism when it goes too far. Funny, isn't it?

Byakuren

前から気になっていたんですが、貴方の神社には神様が二人居ますよね?あれはどうしてなんですか?

I have been curious about this for a while now, but your shrine has two gods, am I right? Why is that?

Kanako

正確には三人(*6)いるんですが、それは置いておいて、そこには複雑な事情がありまして……。まあ、諏訪子(*7)は良いパートーナーって事で。

Technically, we've got three(*6), but never mind that for now. Our shrine's been through quite a bit... Well, just let me say Suwako(*7) is a good partner.

Marisa

知ってるぜ。本当に神社を支配しているのは諏訪子の方なんだろ? お前は表に出て営業する立場なだけで。

Ooh, I know this one. Suwako's the one who really rules the shrine, right? And yer just the one runnin' stuff out in front.

Kanako

コホン。そういう訳では無いですが、守矢神社は諏訪子の物である事は間違い無いわ。でも諏訪子はあまり信仰集めには興味が無くてねぇ。仕方が無く、私が信仰を集めているのですよ。仕方が無く。

Ahem. Although that's not quite how it works, it's not wrong that the Moriya Shrine belongs to Suwako. But Suwako doesn't have much interest in gathering faith, you see. So I have no choice but to gather faith for us by myself. No choice.

Byakuren

そう言えば、神奈子さんは信濃は諏訪(*8)の出身なんですよね?

Speaking of which, Ms. Kanako, you are from Suwa of Shinano(*8), are you not?

Kanako

私は違うけど早苗や諏訪子はそうよ。私も諏訪に居た期間は長かったけど。

I'm not, but Sanae and Suwako are. I lived there for a long time, too, though.

Byakuren

実は私は信濃の出なんですよ。懐かしいわ。

Actually, I'm also from Shinano. That brings back so many memories.

Kanako

あら、そうでしたか。

Oh, really?

Byakuren

諏訪は何度か行きましたが綺麗な水を湛えた大きな湖があって、美しい場所でした。

Whenever I came to Suwa, the lake was always full of such clean water. It was such a beautiful place.

Kanako

それっていつの話ですか?

When was this?

Byakuren

さあ、千年近くは経つでしょうか。

I'm not sure. Maybe about a thousand years ago.

Kanako

でもねぇ、今は様変わりして随分と無機質な街になってねぇ……。それでも精密機械なんかは優れた工場があったりして誇れるんですが。駅に温泉があったり……。

Nowadays, it's made an complete about-face and became a rather cold city... Although I'm pretty proud of its excellent factories and the precision machinery they make. There are also some nice hot springs by the train station....


[命蓮寺の建立]

[The Construction of the Myouren Temple]

Marisa

おっと、幻想郷の人が判らん田舎話はその辺にして貰って、次は(白蓮を指して)お前は、何故幻想郷に来たんだ?

Whoa, let's not get caught up in talk of some countryside town no one here knows about. Next up is you (pointing at Byakuren). Why'd you come to Gensokyo?

Byakuren

私は唯の修行僧なのですが、ちょっとしたすれ違いから人間に裏切られて封印されてまして……。それでもこんな私を慕ってくれた昔の仲間が救い出してくれたのです。その場所が幻想郷であった、というだけですね。

I am just a simple monk in training, but because of a minor disagreement, I was betrayed by humans and sealed away... However, some of my old friends who missed me came to my rescue. And that place just happened to be Gensokyo, I should say.

Miko

ちょっと待った。つまり偶然この地であった、と?

Wait a moment. Does that mean you're here by coincidence?

Byakuren

偶然というか必然でしょう。幻想郷でなければ仲間も力を保てなかったでしょうし。

Not coincidence, but rather inevitability. Were they not in Gensokyo, my friends would have been unable to maintain their strength.

Miko

貴方は私の眠っている場所の真上にお寺を建てた。それも必然だと?

You built your temple directly above where I was sleeping. Was that also inevitable?

Byakuren

何の話でしょう?

What might you be talking about?

Marisa

ああ、そう言えば神子のお墓はお寺の下にあったな。

Oh, yeah. Miko's grave was under the temple, wasn't it?

Miko

私が政治的に利用し仏教のお寺で蓋をして、しかも聞けば唯のお寺じゃ無くて、修行僧が妖怪ばかりの妖怪寺だって言うじゃない。私が嫌う邪の力に満ちたお寺なんて……。

You built a Buddhist temple, a religion I used for political measures, on top of it, and not just any temple, but a youkai temple full of youkai monks, I hear. A temple filled with such detestable, evil power...

Byakuren

失礼ね。確かに妖怪ばかりのお寺ですが、彼らは人間よりも純朴な存在です。人間が仙人、天人になれるように、妖怪は神にも仏にもなれるのです。私の力も妖怪による処が大きいです。

How rude. While it may be filled with youkai, those youkai are more pure-hearted than humans. Just as humans can become hermits and celestials, youkai can become gods and Buddhas. My own power is also as vast as it is thanks to youkai.

Miko

邪に魅入られた僧侶、か。とんだ堕ちた僧侶ね。……と言いたいところですけど、仏教を政治利[1]用した私が言うことではないわね。

So you're a monk possessed by evil then. A monk who has fallen unthinkably far... or so I'd like to say, but as someone who used Buddhism for political ends, I suppose I do not have the grounds to do so.

Byakuren

まあ正直に言いますと、あそこに寺を建立したのは、うちの宝探しが得意な鼠(*9)が「あそこに何かとんでもない代物が埋まっているよ!」って報告してくれたので、調査しようと。そうしたら思ったよりやばそうな代物だったので、頑張って隠そうと思って。

Well, to be honest, we built the temple there because our treasure-hunting mouse(*9) reported that "there's something incredible buried down there!" and so we surveyed it. When it turned out to be something that seemed more dangerous than what we were expecting, we thought we should do our best to hide it.

Miko

やばそうな代物は私って事?

So I was that dangerous-seeming thing, then?

Byakuren

私の勘は間違ってなかったと思っていますが、いかんせん力不足で。

While I don't think my intuition was wrong, I regrettably lacked the power.

Miko

封じ込められなかった、と。残念だったわね。名も知らぬ生臭坊主が私を封じ込めようたって。

Meaning you couldn't keep me sealed, unfortunately for you, the nameless so-called monk who thought to keep me shut off forever.


[聖人の復活]

[The Revival of the Saint]

Marisa

喧嘩は後でやってくれ(汗)。じゃあ、最後は神子の話。

You kin fight later (sweat) So, last up is Miko's story.

Miko

私は自分に術を施して眠りについていました。目覚めた時には仙人となって自由に世を楽しむつもりでしたが……、ここが普通の現世ではない事を知ったのは目覚めてからの事になります。ですから気が付いたら幻想郷ここに居たというくちですね。幻想郷の事はまさに勉強中ですが、今日は特に勉強になります。何故幻想郷に来たのかという理由は判らないのですが……。

I put myself to sleep with a spell. I had planned to wake up as a hermit and enjoy the world as I desired, but I awoke once I was aware that I was no longer in the ordinary world. It was then that I came to learn I was here in Gensokyo. I've in the process of carefully studying this world, and today will be particularly informative. I still haven't figured out the reason I'm here, though...

Kanako

貴方が幻想郷にいる理由は簡単よ。私みたいな神や妖怪達が外の世界で実在を否定されたからここに居るのと同じように、貴方も存在しなかった事にされたのよ。

The reason you're here is simple. In the same way that youkai or gods like me end up here after their existence is renounced in the outside world, you've also ceased to exist.

Miko

存在しなかった事にされた? しかし現にこうして存在している訳ですが……。

I've ceased to exist? But, aren't I here right now...?

Kanako

外の世界と幻想郷を隔てているもの。それは常識と非常識なのです。現実と幻想でもいい。つまり外の世界で消えた物、忘れ去られた物、存在を否定された物が幻想郷では実在するのです。

Common sense and uncommon sense; in other words, reality and fantasy. The outside world and Gensokyo are separated along that same line. Hence, things that have disappeared, been forgotten, or have had their existence renounced in the outside world can be found in Gensokyo.

Miko

とすると私は……。

So that means I was...

Kanako

忘れ去られたって訳だな。

Completely forgotten.

Miko

人間から神に等しい存在になった(*10)、という訳ですね。

So I've become an god-like existence from a human then(*10)?

Kanako

間違い無いわ。いや、私の知る限り貴方はとっくに神道における神だった。

That's correct. Well, as far as I know you were already regarded as a god in Shinto.

Miko

そうそう、最初に言い忘れたけど、私は普段幻想郷に居ないから。

Oh, yes. I forgot to mention this but I don't normally live in Gensokyo.

Marisa

ああ?

Huh?

Miko

自分で作った空間に済む[2]事にしたわ。誰にも邪魔されない場所で住むのが仙人ってものよ。

I live in a space I created myself. Living somewhere that nobody can bother them is the essence of what a hermit is.

Marisa

そう言えば私の知っている仙人も、簡単には行けない場所に住んでいたな。ところで、空間を作るってどうやってやるんだ?

Now thatcha mention it, another hermit I know also lives in a hard-to-reach place. Howd'ya make a space like that anyway?

Miko

ある程度仙術を学べば簡単に出来ますよ。私の弟子になります?

It's simple, if you study enough the hermetic arts enough. Would you like to become my disciple?

Marisa

う、ちょっと考えちゃうぜ。

Uh, lemme think about it.

Miko

不老不死も可能かもしれませんよ?

You could become immortal.

Marisa

うう。

Ooh.

Kanako

あら、勧誘? だったら私も負けませんよ? 今ならお神籤みくじ大吉サービス二ヶ月付き。

Oh, proselytizing now, are we? Don't think I'll take that lying down. Switch now and I'll throw in excellent luck on all your fortunes for two months.

Byakuren

じゃあ私も是非。妖怪みたいな人間ですし。

Then allow me as well. I am a youkai-like human, after all.

Miko

モテモテだねぇ(笑)。

You certainly are popular. (laugh)


[聖人の復活]

Marisa

と、とにかく、大体の自己紹介は終わったな。では、あんたらに聞きたい。これから幻想郷で何をしたいんだ?

A-Anyway, I guess that wraps up the self-introductions. So what I want to ask y'all now is whaddya want to do in Gensokyo from now on?

Miko

私は誰にも邪魔されずにのんびり暮らせれば、と思っています。

I think I'd like to live a carefree life without being disturbed.

Marisa

そうなのか?

Is that so?

Miko

世俗を超越し、悩みも何もない世界で優雅に暮す事、それが理想です。

Transcending worldly matters, to live a refined life in a world with no worries or anything at all, that's my ideal.

Byakuren

仙術を学び、不老不死になったつもりでしょうけど、あいにく幻想郷には不死者の天敵が居ますよ。

You might have been thinking you've managed to become immortal and ageless by studying hermit techniques, but unfortunately, immortals in Gensokyo have a natural enemy.

Miko

死神の事ですか?

You mean shinigami?

Byakuren

ええ、定期的に殺しに来ますよ?

Yes, they'll periodically come to kill you.

Miko

それとの闘いもまた、余興の一つでしょう。のんびり闘えればいいんです。

I believe those battles will be a form of entertainment. A nice, leisurely struggle.

Byakuren

ちなみに私は不死には興味がありません。いや正直に言うと昔はありました。しかし弟子達の心に触れ、今は利他行(*11)の精神で修行をしております。

Incidentally, I have no interest in immortality. Well, to be honest, I used to be. But after having been touched by my disciples' hearts, now I only train with an altruistic(*11) spirit.

Marisa

で?

And?

Byakuren

争いを望まない妖怪等、幻想郷では不当に低い身分に扱われている妖怪達を救って行きたいと思います。

I wish to save those youkai who are in the undeserved position at the bottom of Gensokyo's society such as those who do not wish to fight.

Marisa

救ってどうなるんだ?

And what'll happen after ya save them?

Byakuren

さらなる高いステージへと導いていくのです。

I will lead them to an even higher stage.

Kanako

末恐ろしいわ。悟りを開いた妖怪とか、妖怪菩薩とか跋扈する世界を想像したら。私は人間、妖怪関係無く、心の拠り所になる物が存在する世界を作りたいと思っています。それが信仰なんですよ。信仰するという事は不安を無くし、精神的に豊かな暮らしを行うために必要なのです。

Sounds ominous to me. Just imagine a world dominated by youkai bodhisattva and youkai who have attained enlightenment. As for me, I want to create a world where there can be a pillar of support for both humans and youkai. That's what faith is. Faith is necessary to live spiritually rich lives free of worries.

Byakuren

それは確かですね。

That much is certain.

Miko

方法は違えど、考えは同じです。

Our methods are different, but our minds are alike.

Marisa

精神的に豊かな暮らしを与えて、お前達宗教家は自分が豊かな生活をする気だな?

Giving us spiritually rich lives, you holy rollers plannin' on makin' yerselves rich in the process?

Kanako

そうですが何か?この国は宗教に対する誤解が多く、信仰する事に抵抗感がある者が多いのです。その理由の一つに、信仰を悪用する宗教が蔓延はびこっていた事もあるでしょう。不幸な事です。元来宗教というものは、精神的に成長する為のいわば訓練に過ぎない。スポーツ選手が最新理論で肉体を鍛えるのが美しいのと同じく、精神を豊かにし、幸せを感じる為の理論と道徳、それが元来の宗教なのです。幻想郷が外の世界のように、豊かになっても精神的には未熟なままにならないようにするのが私達の務めなのです。

Yes, but what of it? This country is full of misunderstandings about religion, with many people who oppose religion. One of the reasons for that is because religions that misuse faith are spreading also. It's an unfortunate matter. Originally, religion was training with the goal of spiritual growth. Just like sports players use the latest theories to train their bodies to perfection, to become spiritually rich and feel happiness you need to use theories and morals, which is what religions were meant to be. It's our duty is to make sure those in Gensokyo don't become successful yet spiritually immature just like those in the outside world.

Marisa

何となく判ったが、それをお前が言ってもなぁ……。外の世界の話になったところで、そろそろ次のテーマへと移るかな。

I think I get it, but hearin' that from you... Anyway, since you brought it up, let's change the topic to the outside world.

*1 経営というか、守矢神社に住んでいる神様そのものですね。

1: "Manage", she says, but she actually is a god residing in the shrine herself.

*2 人間より妖怪の修行僧が多い、幻想郷ならではのお寺。

2: A temple with more youkai monks than human ones; the sort that could only exist in Gensokyo.

*3 幻想郷に来てから4年近く経ちますね。

3: About 4 years have passed since she came to Gensokyo.

*4 正確に言うと結界の力さえ有れば問題ないので、これは妖怪がよく使う詭弁です。

4: In truth, everything is fine as long as the Barrier's power remains. This is a misconception often held by youkai.

*5 都合の良いように支配できなくなる事。

5: So that the humans could not be ruled over and used as conveniently.

*6 早苗さんも神様らしいです、へー。ちなみに神様は三人では無く、三柱と数えるのが普通ですが、それは人間が神を数える時だけだそうです。

6: So Sanae can also be called a god, I see. By the way, though it's normal to count them as three gods instead of three people, that's only for when humans count gods.[3]

*7 洩矢諏訪子。蛙の神様です。

7: Suwako Moriya, a frog god.

*8 外の世界の地名です。海があるそうです。

8: A location in the outside world. I heard it has a sea.

*9 ナズーリン。米喰ってちゅう。

9: Nazrin. Eats the rice, squeak.[4]

*10 ポジティブ思考。

10: Positive thinking.

*11 「これは貴方の為ですよ?」といって色々売りつける胡散臭い考え方。

11: A suspiciously manipulative way of thinking by selling goods, which includes saying "don't you know I'm doing this for you?".

References

1. ^  In the original text, there is a large white space here for some reason.
2. ^  This kanji is incorrect. It should be "住む".
3. ^  Japan uses separate counters depending on what is counted. Here, 三柱 (three gods) is differentiated from 三人 (three people), which was what Kanako had used.
4. ^  A part of Japanese nursery rhyme "zui zui zukkorobashi" (ずいずいずっころばし).

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