Lake of Heaven: An original translation of the Japanese by Bruce Allen

By Bruce Allen

Lake of Heaven is a story of the folk, tradition, and setting of a eastern mountain village that's sunk to construct a dam. As Gary Snyder reviews, the tale turns into a parable for the bigger international, _in which all of our previous cultures and all of our previous villages have gotten buried, sunken, and misplaced below the emerging waters of the dams of industrialization and globalization._

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Feeling as if his body were swaying toward the lake, Masahiko stuck out his leg to brace himself. He joked, “I guess I’ll run about the banks of the dam too. ” For the first time, Ohina laughed. 45 CHAPTER 1 And then, from the shade of the andromeda tree on the slope behind them, a young woman’s voice was heard. “Mother, where are you? ” “Omomo? Omomo. ” Ohina turned around and looked at Masahiko as if seeking his agreement. “What’s this now? ” Flagging from fatigue as she approached, Omomo sat down on the grass.

I’ve heard there’s a graveyard. ” 17 CHAPTER 1 He couldn’t bring himself to ask her where the old household had been. He was afraid that he would be assaulted by an unexpected wave of emotion. Her finger trembling, she pointed in the direction of the opposite bank. Masahiko rubbed his eyes—it looked as if the trees along the bottom were swaying. There couldn’t have been any wind blowing them at the bottom of the lake. It seemed it must have been he himself who was shaking. It was as if the time that had been stolen away was now rising up from the bottom of the lake and entwining itself around these two people.

I’m from Tokyo. ” “Hmm. You look just like Masahito. ” “Ah, that’s right, Jogahara is also on the bottom of the lake now. You must have been lonely and wanted to see some humans again. ” “Up from the bottom of the lake? ” The two stared at each other for a while. Then, his eyes expressing delight, Masahiko looked up and tossed the pinks and 14 BIRDS L E AV I NG jorobana flowers into the air. The wildflowers, like golden grains of millet, scattered their pollen in the air, painting an arc across the surface of the water as they fell.

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