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前に天満先生が発音で、小田さんと太田さんの区別を英語でするのは難しいといった内容をお話しされていたと記憶しています。それに関係する話題を取り上げます。雑誌Natureで毎週発表しているSF短編の一つを読んでいるときになるほどとおもったことで、ネタばれしてしまっているので、ご留意ください。ポッドキャストでは毎月一本選んで朗読してくれるのですが、それが下記のOkamiというものでした。

Okami
Grace Tang
Nature 505, 254 (09 January 2014) doi:10.1038/505254a
Published online 08 January 2014



以下が物語の始まりです。舞台は東京なので、日本語が混じっています。

”Okaasan, look!” The boy tugged on his mother's arm, pointing at the balding man splayed across the pavement. “That man is asleep on the street!”

The stench of alcohol wafted up from the unconscious man's body. While the boy's mother politely chose to ignore the man's transgression, Yuka openly stared. She gingerly picked her way over him and into the club from which he had emerged.


”Okaasan, look!”とあり、キャバクラっぽい酒場が登場していることもあり、タイトルのOkamiは女将のことだと勝手に思っていました。ところが読み進めていると以下の部分で「おやっ」となりました。

“Hiro,” Yuka struggled to control herself as she growled into the phone he had given her. “I want the fee doubled.”

“We had a deal.”

“When we struck that deal, I thought I was dealing with a human.”

“He is technically still part human.”

“Technically, he can smell my goddamn gun from two miles away!”

“So, get a gun that can shoot farther than two miles. I'm sure your boss can spare you one.”

****

Yuka was sweating bullets. She could handle any human, but this was the first time she had had to take down an Okami.

She methodically set up the sniper on the ledge of the roof. It was half an hour to the new year, and the cheerful sounds of partygoers echoed from the apartments and streets below her. According to her boss's intel, her target would be exiting the opposite building about now, after completing his own hit.


女将さんが臭覚に鋭いって何か変ですもんね。最後の方でthe loyalty of the wolfとあったことで、Okamiがオオカミであることがようやく分かりました。

For the first time tonight, Yuka was aware of the cool metal of the pendant she wore around her neck, one that identified people of her species, specifically engineered for her profession.

“As I was saying, I am tired. You may complete your job.”

She was shaking now, blinking furiously.

“Sumimasen, Oniisan. I don't want to, but ... I have my obligations ...”

“Yes, the loyalty of the wolf is why it was chosen to construct us. The only honourable way out of service to our masters is death.”

He bowed. “Sayonara.”

He disappeared down the stairwell. Wiping her eyes, Yuka readjusted her sniper, gazing through the night-vision-enabled sight.

今回Okamiを英語の辞典で調べているときにたまたま見つけたものですが、ゲームが好きな方なら数年前にOkamiというゲームが流行したことをご存知かもしれません。



Urban Dictionary
1.Okami is an amazing game for the PS2 and Soon for the Wii it based heavily on japanese myhtology and features great gameplay and original traditional japanese music It is cel-shaded and made to look like sumi-e drawings you will play as the japanese sun god Amaterasu incarnated as a wolf along with you is a little sassy sprite or poncle Issun,you will defeat different japanese monsters and learn history while playing a video game.Okami was basically knighted by critics unfortunatly it suffered poor sales.

2.Okami also means great deity

3.and lastly Okami means wolf

作者のGrace Tangさんはゲーム好きなんでしょうかね。舞台は東京ですが、アメリカ人が書いたものだなと実感するのは最後の部分です。新年に年が変わって花火が盛大に上がるのは、西洋のイメージではないかと思うからです。

The clock struck midnight, and fireworks lit up the sky, accompanied by thunderous booms and the stench of gunpowder.
“Okaasan! Look!” The boy tugged at his mother's sleeve and pointed. She smiled and held him tighter in her arms, their faces lit up by the showers of shimmering sparks.
No one paid any attention to the young, well-dressed man, lying prone in the middle of the pavement, as they picked their feet carefully around him.

2014年はドバイが盛大な花火だったようですね。



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