By Osamu Dazai
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There are about ten huts with charcoal-making kilns on Bald Horse ~1ounta in. The one kiln worked by a man who came to this area from elsewhere is located near the waterfall, away from the others. This man lives the entire year with his daughter Suwa, the girl who looks after the teahouse. Suwa's father had built the teahouse with small logs and a reed screen when she was twelve. Everything within the diminutive shop was arranged in rows--the lemonade and crackers, the rice jelly and various sweet candies.
11 right? In honor of the commencement of this roguish work--irrespective of when it does commence--let's just the two of us have a drink. Then, to work! I remember the first time I ever stood by myself on the ground. The sky clear after a shower, the soil still wet and dark. Plum blossoms. Yes, the garden out back. 1\ woman had brought me cradled in her arms and placed me gently down. I had taken two or three fearless steps when my eyes suddenly noticed the ground spreading to infinity. The soles of my feet felt the endless depth of the earth, my body froze, and down I plopped.
Fire~~rk~s no larger than azuki beans seemed to burst inside my head, and I instinctively placed both hands over my ears. " "I'm not co 1d. 11 Someone dozing nearby looked at us and laughed. "The child loves his daruma. " I knew that once all the grownups were sound asleep, forty mice would start scampering about the house. Sometimes four or garden snakes were crawling about on the tatami. The grownups, heavily in their sleep, were oblivious to everything. And they or fifty five breathing remained 70 unaware even ~hen the mice and snakes crawled into their beds.