The Ghost Story of Adachigahara (p.15)

Chapter 2

Shichibee the Demon and Kiyojo truly seemed like parent and child. People identical to grandfater and child had become husband and wife. At first, Kiyojo hated Shichibee. In the end, they opened their hearts to each other, until they had even made a child. But however it might be demon, their own child seemed an adorable thing. They humbly spoke too late of Kishibojin’s story so it became understandable. And they omitted these ones because of other things. When she crawled, stood, stood and walked, there was parental affection. Even Shichibee was looking forward to this child’s growth. Thus is was and motivation, which was a little until now came and changed. For the sake of his own child, his motivation grew that if there was one bundle of firewood extra, he wanted to place and stack it up at their house. He cut a visiting-tree on the nearby hill. Also, at a certain time, he left and mowed grasses and so on at a field. He sold these sort of things. This place called Asajigahara even now is a historic spot. The customs call it the Asa grass of Hashiba. A temple called Sousenji is there. During today’s Meiji period, dwellings are built on both sides in the place in front of this Sousenji. But as yet in the time of the Shogunate, there was a place of execution. Kodzukahara is the one name it is called. In the place between that Kodzukahara’s road and Hashiba, was the historical spot of Asajigahara. When was there such a completed thing?

第二席

鬼兵衛と清女とは実に親子ともいひたいが、孫同様な者と夫婦になって居ります、初めは清女も七兵衛を嫌って居りましたが終には互ひに打解け、子まで儲?けましたが、如何に鬼でも我子は可愛いものと見えます、既に彼の鬼子母神などのお話しを申し上げるとお解りになりますが、是等は余事ゆゑ、略します這って立て立てば歩めと親心鬼兵衛も此の子の成長を楽しみにいたして居りましたが、斯うなると少しく今までの了簡とは変わって来て我子の為には仮令薪一把でも余計に自分の家へ積置きたいといふ気になって其の辺りの小山へ参り木を切り又或時は野良へ出て草を苅りなどいたして、是を売るなどといふやうな事をいたして居りました、此の浅茅ヶ原といふ処は只今でも古跡がありまして、浅草の橋場と俗に申しまする、其処に宗泉寺といふお寺があります、其の宗泉寺の前の所より明治の今日では両側に人家が建ちましたが未だ幕府の時分にはお処刑場がごさいまして一名小塚原と申しました、其の小塚原の往来と橋場の間の処に浅茅ヶ原の古跡があります何日の程出来たものだか

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