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会場かいじょうへはいると、回向院えこういん相撲すもう本門寺ほんもんじ御会式おえしきのように幾旒いくながれとなくながはた所々ところどころけたうえ世界せかい万国ばんこく国旗こっきをことごとくりてくらい、なわから縄、つなから綱へわたしかけておおきなそらが、いつになくにぎやかえるひがしすみ一夜作いちやづくりの舞台ぶたいもうけて、ここでいわゆる高知こうちなんとかおどをやるんだそうだ。舞台をみぎ半町はんちょうばかりくると葭簀よしずかこをして、活花いけばな陳列ちんれつしてある。みんなが感心かんしんしてながめているが、一向いっこうくだらないものだ。あんなにくさたけげてうれしがるなら、背虫せむし色男いろおとこや、びっこ亭主ていしゅって自慢じまんするがよかろう。

舞台とは反対はんたい方面ほうめんで、しきりに花火はなびげる。花火のなかから風船ふうせん帝国ていこく万歳ばんざいとかいてある。天主てんしゅまつの上をふわふわんで営所えいしょのなかへちたつぎはぽんとおとがして、くろ団子だんごが、しょっとあきの空を射抜いぬように揚がると、それがおれのあたまの上で、ぽかりとれてあおけむりかさほねのようにひらいて、だらだらと空中くうちゅうながんだ。風船がまたがった今度こんど陸海軍りくかいぐん万歳と赤地あかじしろいたやつかぜられて温泉まちから、相生村あいおいむらほうへ飛んでいった。大方おおかた観音様かんのんさま境内けいだいへでも落ちたろう。

しきときはさほどでもなかったが、今度は大変たいへん人出ひとでだ。田舎いなかにもこんなに人間にんげんんでるかとおどろいたぐらいうじゃうじゃしている。利口りこうかおはあまり見当みあたらないが、かずからとたしかに馬鹿ばか出来できない。そのうち評判ひょうばん高知の何とか踴がはじまった。踴というから藤間ふじまか何ぞのやる踴りかと早合点はやがてんしていたが、これは大間違おおまちがであった。

Rough translation

The festival grounds were decorated with numerous banners planted in various locations, like a sumō tournament at Ekōin or the Oeshiki festival at Honmonji. In addition, they had borrowed a flag from every country and strung them between cords and ropes, filling the whole sky with vivid color. A stage had been hastily erected in the east corner, and this is where the renowned Kōchi troupe was to perform their dance. To the left and half a block down, surrounded by a reed screen enclosure, was an exhibition of flower arrangements. Everyone seemed impressed with the arrangements, but I found them utterly worthless. If they take such delight in twisting grasses and bamboo, then they must also rejoice in finding a hunchbacked beau or a lame husband.

Opposite the stage they were launching rockets one after another. One released a balloon, on which was written 'long live the Empire.' It floated gently over the pines around the castle tower and descended among the barracks. Another launch sounded, and this time a black dumpling shot up through the autumn sky. Over my head it split open into trails of blue smoke, drawing a set of umbrella ribs that drifted lazily down the sky. Another balloon went up. This one had 'long live the armed forces' in white against a red-dyed background. It swayed on the breeze and floated over the hot springs town toward Aioi Village. It may have landed within the Kannon temple grounds.

There hadn't been so many people at the ceremony, but by now a tremendous crowd had gathered. I was surprised that the countryside could produce such a multitude. There weren't many intelligent faces among them, but they were formidable in their numbers. At this point the renowned Kōchi troupe began their such-and-such dance. When they had said dance, I'd hastily assumed it was the sort of dance done by the Fujima school. I couldn't have been more mistaken.

Vocabulary

会場かいじょう event site回向院えこういん Ekōin (temple in Tōkyō - birthplace of modern sumō wrestling)相撲すもう sumō wrestling本門寺ほんもんじ Honmonji (temple in Tōkyō)御会式おえしき Oeshiki (festival held to mark the death of Nichiren)幾旒いくながれとなく a number of (banners and flags)ながい longはた banners所々ところどころ here and thereけた plantedうえに on top of; in addition to世界せかい the world万国ばんこく all nations国旗こっき national flagsりてた went and borrowedなわ ropeつな cord; cableわたしかけて strung betweenおおきな large; spaciousそら skyにぎやか colorful; livelyえる appearedひがし eastすみ corner一夜作いちやづくりの hastily-done舞台ぶたい stageもうけて prepared; provided高知こうち Kōchi (city in southern part of Shikoku)なんとか so-and-so; such-and-suchおどり danceみぎ right半町はんちょう half a block葭簀よしず reed screenかこい enclosure活花いけばな flower arrangements陳列ちんれつ exhibition; display感心かんしんして be impressedながめて look upon一向いっこう absolutely; utterlyくだらない trifling; worthlessくさ grassesたけ bambooげて bendうれしがる enjoy; take pleasure in背虫せむしの hunchbacked色男いろおとこ handsome man; beauびっこの lame; crippled亭主ていしゅ husbandって have自慢じまんする boast (about) 反対はんたい opposite方面ほうめん direction; side花火はなび fireworks; rocketsげる raise; launchなか inside; center風船ふうせん balloonた emerged; appeared帝国ていこく empire万歳ばんざい banzai; long live ...天主てんしゅ castle tower (usually 天守てんしゅ)まつ pinesんで fly; float営所えいしょ barracks; military campちた fell; went downつぎ nextおと sound; noiseくろい black団子だんご dumplingあき autumn射抜いぬく shoot through; pierceあたま headれて split; ruptureあおい blueけむり smokeかさ umbrellaほね framework (lit: bones)ひらいて open up空中くうちゅう mid air; in the skyながんだ flow into; drift intoがった be raised今度こんど this time陸海軍りくかいぐん army and navy; military赤地あかじ red backgroundしろく in whiteいた left undyedやつ thing; objectかぜ wind; breezeられて be rocked; be swayed温泉 baths; hot springsまち town相生村あいおいむら Aioi Villageほう direction大方おおかた probably観音様かんのんさま temple of Kannon (goddess of mercy)境内けいだい grounds; compound しき ceremonyとき time; occasion大変たいへんな tremendous; impressive人出ひとで turnout田舎いなか countryside人間にんげん peopleんで live; resideおどろいた be surprised; be astounded利口りこうな clever; intelligentかお face見当みあたらない not come across; not catch sight ofかず numbersう speak (of)馬鹿ばか出来できない formidable; not to be made light of評判ひょうばんの celebrated; highly-toutedはじまった began藤間ふじま Fujima (dance school; dance style)早合点はやがてん hasty judgment大間違おおまちがい big mistake; completely off base