Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker

The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country. The earth lay white under the night sky. The train pulled up at a signal stop.
A girl who had been sitting on the other side of the car came over and opened the window in front of Shimamura. The snowy cold poured in. Leaning far out the window, the girl called to the station master as though he were a great distance away.
The station master walked slowly over the snow, a lantern in his hand. His face was buried to the nose in a muffler, and the flaps of his cap were turned down over his ears.

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2 Responses to Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker

  1. shinichi says:

    Snow Country

    by Yasunari Kawabata

    translated by Edward G. Seidensticker

    **

    The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country. The earth lay white under the night sky. The train pulled up at a signal stop.

    A girl who had been sitting on the other side of the car came over and opened the window in front of Shimamura. The snowy cold poured in. Leaning far out the window, the girl called to the station master as though he were a great distance away.

    The station master walked slowly over the snow, a lantern in his hand. His face was buried to the nose in a muffler, and the flaps of his cap were turned down over his ears.

    It’s that cold, is it, thought Shimamura. Low, barrack-like buildings that might have been railway dormitories were scattered here and there up the frozen slope of the mountain. The white of the snow fell away into the darkness some distance before it reached them.


  2. shinichi says:

    雪国

    by 川端康成

     国境の長いトンネルを抜けると雪国であった。夜の底が白くなった。信号所に汽車が止まった。
     向側の座席から娘が立って来て、島村の前のガラス窓を落とした。雪の冷気が流れこんだ。娘は窓いっぱいに乗り出して、遠くへ叫ぶように、「駅長さあん、駅長さあん」
     明かりをさげてゆっくり雪を踏んで来た男は、襟巻で鼻の上まで包み、耳に帽子の毛皮を垂れていた。
     もうそんな寒さかと島村は外を眺めると、鉄道の官舎らしいバラックが山裾に寒々と散らばっているだけで、雪の色はそこまで行かぬうちに闇に呑まれていた。
    「駅長さん、私です、御機嫌よろしゅうございます」
    「ああ、葉子さんじゃないか。お帰りかい。また寒くなったよ」


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