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The Boy Who Drew Cats
HASEGAWA'S JAPANESE FAIRY TALE SERIES ENLARGED ENGLISH EDITION No. 23
 
 
 
 
English ed. 1898(Meiji 31) Catalogue No. 48

   資料ID:065742(書誌詳細画面へ接続)

 
『猫を描いた少年』(Neko wo egaita shonen
訳者:ラフカディオ・ハーン(Translator : Lafcadio Hearn)
[絵師:鈴木華邨(Illustrator : Kason Suzuki)]

 
■ あらすじ 
 寺に預けられた小僧は経本から屏風、壁、柱に至るまで何にでも猫の絵を描いたので、和尚に家へ帰された。途中、小僧は妖怪が住み
つく古寺にそうとは知らず泊まり、寺の大きな屏風に沢山の猫を描くと疲れて眠くなった。和尚から「夜は広い場所を避けよ」と言われていたので、狭い押し入れの中で寝ていると、外では大きな物音や恐ろしい
鳴き声がした。朝になり押し入れから出てみると、牛より大きな化け鼠が血まみれで死んでおり、小僧の描いた屏風の猫たちの口は血に
染まっていたので、描かれた猫たちが化け鼠を退治したことを知った。

 
注釈
  「絵猫と鼠」として東北から中国・四国地方に知られる昔話を、ハー
ンが生き生きとした妖怪描写で訳述したものである。昔話では小僧が
その後、その寺の住職になったとされるが、ハーンは小僧は高名な
絵描きになったとしている。屏風の絵に「華邨<かそん>」と書かれて
いるため、絵師は鈴木華邨だとわかる。

 
 
Outline of this story
 An acolyte in a temple drew pictures of cats on everything, from the priest's book to screens, walls, and pillars, and was sent home by the old priest as a result. On his way back home, he spent a night at an old temple that, unbeknown to him, was haunted by a goblin. After drawing many cats on the large screens in the temple, he became tired and drowsy. He remembered how the old priest had told him to avoid large place at night, and so crawled into a little cabinet with a sliding door. Late in the night, he heard crashing thumps and bloodcurdling screams. When morning came, he crawled out of the cabinet and found a bloodstained goblin-rat, bigger than a cow, dead on the floor. And then he saw that the mouths of the cats he had drawn on the screen were also stained with red - they had killed the goblin-rat.
 
Note
 This tale was known from Tohoku to Chugoku and Shikoku regions under the title "Eneko to Nezumi" (The Picture-Cats and the Rat). In his English edition, Lafcadio Hearn retold it with a thrilling ghostly touch. In the original story, the acolyte becomes the abbot of the temple after the incident, but in Hearn's version, he goes on to be a renowned artist. The picture of the screen is signed "Kason," indicating that the illustrator is Kason Suzuki.