虫愛づる姫君(The girl who loved insects) - episode 3 -

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Apr 1, 2017 09:41
The young maids got scared of insects, and they could not help feeling troubled, so the girl ordered her servant boys who did not be afraid by insects to collect them.

She asked the names of the insects every time they'd caught and brought, and she enjoyed naming the insect as she liked, If they found a insect that no one knew its name.

Also, the girl was skeptical of social norms.

Saying, "it is better that just the way we are than to dress up showily", she refused both to make up and to shape her eyebrows.

Then, smiling with innocent like a child, she would played with her insects.

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Note: Actually, the girl seems to have been still a child of 10~12 years old. However, from around 12 age was treated as an adult in that time Japan(It is said that this story was written in the early 12th century).

Therefore, it was natural to take care of one's appearance and becoming modest in behavior considering one's marriage in common sense at the time.

However, she was not at all interested in such things, and she seems to have refused it with her own will.
その少女は、若い侍女たちが虫を怖がって狼狽えるばかりなので、物怖じしない男の子の召使いに命じて虫を採集させていた。
そして、彼らが取ってきた虫の名前を訊ねたり、彼らの誰も知らない虫を見つけた場合は、彼女自身でその虫に名前を付けたりして楽しんでいた。

また、その少女は社会的な規範にも懐疑的だった。
彼女は、「人はみな、取り繕ってばかりいるより、着飾らずにありのままの姿でいる方が素晴らしい」と言って、
お化粧したり眉毛を整えたりしないで、子供のように朗らかに笑って、朝も晩も虫たちと戯れていた。

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備考: 実際に彼女はまだ10~12歳くらいの子供だったと思われるが、当時の日本では12歳前後から成人として扱われていた。

そのため、結婚することを考慮して身だしなみを整えるのは当たり前のことだったが、彼女はそのようなことにまったく関心がなかったし自らの意志でそれを拒否していたようだ。
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