あおあお5号 特集「夜がきた」
aoao vol.5

虫の声、川の音


太平洋を臨む美波町の中心部から、峠道を車で上ること約10分。海部郡美波町赤松地区を初めて訪れた時、山の間に突如広がる田んぼの風景に美しさを感じた。今夜、他の車にすれ違うことなく辿り着いた夜の赤松は、どこに田んぼがあるのか、川があるのか、わからないほど真っ暗。ほとんどの家の明かりは消えていて、街灯がぽつんと遠くで光っている。ほのかに山の稜線が見え、辺りがなだらかな山に囲まれていることがようやくわかる。稲刈り後の匂いがする。聞こえてくるのは虫の声と川の流れる音だけ。月はずっと雲に隠れたまま見えなかった。

ENGLISH
Songs of insects and murmur of a stream

About ten-minute drive up through a mountain path from the center of Minami town that faces the Pacific Ocean took us to Akamatsu area of Minami-cho, Kaihu-gun. When I visited the place first time, I was impressed by the beautiful scenery of paddy fields which suddenly appeared in the mountains and spread in front of me while driving. This time, we drove here without seeing any cars on the road. Here in Akamatsu, it is so dark that I can’t distinguish the paddy fields from the river. Almost all lights in the houses have already gone but I can see the light of a ramp post in the distance. The contour of the mountains which is slightly recognized tells that the place is surrounded by small mountains. I can smell paddy fields that are right after rice-reaping. The only sounds I can hear are the songs of insects and murmur of a stream. The moon has hid behind the clouds and never shown its face to us.

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