蓮台野夜行 ~ Ghostly Field Club.

I’ve wanted to translate these myself, and I was going to start with Hourai Dolls, but I didn’t have a copy of BOTH the original and revised scripts (completely different), which I wanted to post together, so I’ve begun with the first appearances of Renko (Usami Renko) and Merry (Maribel Hearn). I’m a really big fan of Renko and I really like the strange connection between Yukari and Merry, we’ll see where this goes…!

蓮台野夜行 ~ Ghostly Field Club.
 Rendai-no Yakou ~ Ghostly Field Club
 Lotus Pedastal Field Nightly Excursion ~ Ghostly Field Club

おおよそ始めまして、 ZUNです。
聴いていると変な霊が集まってくる様なCDを目指しました。
ジャケットと曲でワンセットになる様に試みてますので、余裕
があったら、曲に合わせてコメントを読んでみてください。
ちなみに、除霊は自費でお願いします。

Nice to meet you if this is the first time, ZUN here.
I aimed to make this a CD such that when you listened to it, strange spirits would gather.
I tried making both the jacket and tracks two sides of the same whole this time, so if you have the time, try reading the comments together with each track.
By the way, I’d rather you cover the exorcism expenses yourself.

1.夜のデンデラ野を逝く
   Yoru no Dendera-no wo Yuku
   Walking at Night through Dendera Field

「そう、間違いなくこれよ。」
蓮子はそう言って写真付きのノートを見せた。肌寒くなってき
た秋の夜にわざわざ出掛けて来たんだから、何か見つからない
と困る。でも正直、墓荒しの真似は避けたかったわ。

“Yes, it’s this and no mistake.”
So said Renko as she showed me the note attached to the photograph. Since I took the time to come all the way out here on a chilly autumn night, it’d be a problem if we didn’t find anything. But to be honest, I wanted to avoid doing something that looked like we were upsetting graves.

2.少女秘封倶楽部
   Shoujo Hifuu Club
   Girls’ Secret Seals Club / Girls’ Sealing Club

「メリー、蓮台野にある入り口を見に行かない?」
蓮子がその話を持ちかけてきたのは二日前のことだった。
私達秘封倶楽部は、メンバーは二人だけど良くあるただの霊能
者サークル。霊能者サークルだけど、普通みたいに除霊や降霊
とかは好きじゃないの。周りからはまともな霊能活動した事な
い不良サークル、と思われてるけど…実はね。

“Merry, wanna go see the entrance in Rendai-no?”
Renko came to me with that story two days ago.
We the Secret Seals Club, consist of two members, and are simply one of those spiritual medium / exorcist circles that you often find. Well, we are a mediums’ circle, but we’re not fond of exorcism or spiritual mediation. From the outside we’re thought of as a deliquent group that doesn’t do any proper spiritual activities, but you see the truth is…

3.東方妖々夢 ~ Ancient Temple
   Touhou Youyoumu ~ Ancient Temple
   Eastern Bewitching Dream ~ Ancient Temple

「蓮台野の入り口って、何?蓮子。」
私は蓮台野に入り口があるなんて聞いたこと無かったし、余り
にも唐突だったのでそれしか言えなかったわ。
「まぁ、見てよ。」
蓮子は古い寺院が写っている写真を差し出した。見た事も無い
寺院だった。
「これが冥界よ。」

“What do you mean the entrance in Rendai-no? Renko.”
I hadn’t heard of any entrance in Rendai-no, and coming all of a sudden out of the blue I really didn’t have anything else to day.
“Well just have a look.”
Renko pulled out a photograph of an ancient temple, a temple I’d never seen before.
“This is the world of the dead.”

4.古の冥界寺
   Inishie no Meikai-ji
   Ancient Temple of the Afterlife

「なんで冥界の写真なんかあるのよ。」
「私には裏表ルートがあるのよ。メリー。」
どういうルートかさっぱり分からなかったけど、どうせ死体相
手の念写かなんかだろう。
「で、こっちの写真。山門の奥を見て……」

“Why do you have anything like a ‘photo of the world of the dead’?”
“I have my own set of backroads you know, Merry.”
I had no idea what kind of ‘backroads’ she was talking about, but it was probably some corpse-partnered spiritual photography or something or another.
“So, this photograph, look behind the temple gate…”

5.幻視の夜 ~ Ghostly Eyes
   Genshi no Yoru ~ Ghostly Eyes
   Illusionary Night ~ Ghostly Eyes

「ほら、門のここ。向こう側。明らかに現世でしょ?」
指差された場所には、夜の平野、そして、一つの墓石が写って
いた。空気の色が違う。確かにそれは私たちの世界の色…。
私は山門は三門って漢字が正しいのよ。と言おうか迷っていた。

“See? The gate right here. Just beyond it. That’s clearly the apparent world isn’t it?”
In the place she pointed was a night plain, and there a single gravestone was standing. The color of the air was different. Certainly that’s the color of our world…
I debated whether or not to tell Renko she used the wrong word to describe the gate.*

6.魔術師メリー
   Majutsushi Merry
   The Magician Merry

そう、秘封倶楽部の裏の顔は張り巡らされた結界を暴くサーク
ルなの。均衡を崩す恐れがあるから禁止されてるんだけどね。
でも、私は結界の堺目が見えるの。何もしてなくても見えてし
まうのよ。見えてしまうんだから不可抗力よね。

Yes, the hidden face of the Secret Seals Club is an organization that exposes magical barriers. Since there’s a risk that doing so would upset the balance of worlds it’s forbidden, but well… At any rate, I can see the boundaries of the barriers. Whether I do anything or not, I just see them. Because of that it’s sort of inevitable you know?

7.月の妖鳥、化猫の幻
   Tsuki no Youchou, Bakeneko no Maboroshi
   Faerie Bird of the Moon, Phantom Cat’s Illusion

そう言えば、蓮子は「蓮台野の入り口」って言ってたわ。この
写真から入り口の場所が分かったのかしら?
「簡単よ。ここに月と星が写っているのが見えるじゃない。」
蓮子は星の光で今の時間が分かり、月を見ただけで今いる場所
が分かるらしい。蓮子はいつも私の眼の事を気持ち悪いって言
うけど、蓮子の眼の方が気持ち悪いと思うわ。

Now that I think of it, Renko said “The entrance in Rendai-no” didn’t she? Did she figure out where the entrance was just from the photograph?
“It’s simple. You can see the moon and stars in the photo right here can’t you?”
Apparently Renko can tell the current time by the light of the stars, and by looking just at the moon can tell the place she’s in. She’s always saying how my eyes give her the creeps, but I think Renko’s eyes are more disturbing.

8.過去の花 ~ Fairy of Flower
   Kako no Hana ~ Fairy of Flower
   Flower of the Past ~ Fairy of Flower

彼岸花って気持ち悪いよね。私、あの花嫌いなの。子供の時か
らそうだったわ。蓮台野で一番彼岸花が多く生えているお墓が
入り口よ。何故か突然そう言ってしまった。
蓮子は、メリーが言うなら間違いない、と信じて疑わなかった。
勝手に目的地にめぼしが付けられた。

Higanbana, or lycori, are disturbing. I hate those flowers. I have ever since I was a child. The entrance is the grave in Rendai-no that has the most lycori growing out from it. For some reason I said that all of a sudden.
Renko said if I said that’s where it was then there could be no mistake, and believed me without a doubt. And so our target was set.

9.魔法少女十字軍
   Mahou Shoujo Juujigun
   Magical Girls’ Crusade

ついに、蓮台野結界穴捜索決行の日が来た!
人気の無い夜が最適、という事で夜に出発する事になった。勇
ましく出発したまでは良かったんだけど、蓮台野に着いた時、
急に冷静になってしまったわ。
そう言えば、蓮台野って墓地だったわね――

Finally the day of the “Rendai-no Barrier Breach Investigation” arrived!
Since going “on a night with nary a soul” would be best, we set out at night. It was all fine up till we set off in high spirits, but when we arrived in Rendai-no, I quickly had cooled down.
Oh right… Rendai-no’s a graveyard……

10.少女幻葬 ~ Necro-Fantasy
    Shoujo Gensou ~ Necro-Fantasy
    Girls’ Illusionary Burial ~ Necro-Fantasy

――蓮子言う通り目的の墓石はこれだろうけど、何も見えない。
蓮子は私をせかす。私は墓を弄ってみたり、卒塔婆を抜いてみ
たり色々やってみた。蓮子は空を見ながら、2時27分41秒、
と呟いている。気持ち悪い。結局、墓荒しの真似をしているの
は私だけか。墓石は重たくて回すのがやっとなんだけど……。
「2時30分ジャスト!」墓石を4分の1回転させたその時。
秋だというのに一面桜の世界が広がった。

–Just as Renko said, the target was a gravestone, but I don’t see anything. She urged me on. I poked about the grave, tried pulling out the wooden grave marker and did this and that. Looking up at the sky, Renko muttered, “2:27:41″. Ugh. In the end the one doing the grave-robbing spectacle is me. The gravestone was heavy so I had just gotten it turned around, but……
“Exactly 2:30!!” It was the time right when after four minutes I had turned the gravestone one time around.
Even though it was autumn, a world, its image filled completely by cherry blossoms, was spread before me.

11.幻想の永遠祭
    Gensou no Eiensai
    Eternal Festival of Fantasy

紅葉ももう終わろうとしていた。我が不良サークルはまだ細々
と続いている。夜になると空を見て時間を呟く癖のある相棒は、
私との待ち合わせに遅れていた。
「遅くなってごめん!」
「2分19秒遅刻。」
相棒は写真を差し出し、いつもの様に語り始めた。
 「そんな事よりメリー、
    博麗神社にある入り口を見に行かない?」

The red leaves of autumn had just about ended, and our delinquent circle was still moving along bit by bit. My partner, who has a habit of looking up at the sky and muttering the time whenever it was night – was now late for our meeting.
“I’m sorry I’m late!”
“Two minutes and nineteen seconds late.”
My partner handed me a photograph, and started talking as usual.
 ”More importantly, Merry:
  Don’t you want to go see the entrance at the Hakurei Shrine?”

(Shanghai Alice Illusionary Orchestra)
上海アリス幻樂団 http://www16.big.or.jp/~zun/
            Music Composer / Arranger ZUN

Translated by Kafka Fuura

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  1. Thanks for the translation.. interesting how ZUN used the game songs to tell a story different from the game’s..

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