「宿屋の仇討ち/The Samurai Sleeps Tonight」
宿屋の仇討ち/The Samurai Sleeps Tonight
One night, a samurai arrives at a hotel.
“Hello, I need a room for tonight.
I’m very tired.
The hotel that I stayed at last night was so noisy.
Some people were having a party and I couldn’t sleep at all.
I need a quiet room to get a good rest.”
“I’m sorry to hear that, sir.
Let me show you to your room.
It will be very quiet.”
In his room, the samurai gets ready for bed.
Soon, two young men arrive at the hotel.
“Hello, we would like a room for the night.”
“Yes, of course.”
The hotel owner takes the two men to the room right next to the samurai.
Let’s have a party!
We can invite some Geisha.”
“Sounds Good, Genji.
Let’s drink lots of sake, too!
The Geisha play music and sing.
The men drink lots of sake.
The samurai next door hears this and becomes angry.
He goes to talk to the owner.
There is a party in the room beside me.
It’s very noisy.
I can’t sleep.
Could you tell those people to be quiet?”
“Of course, sir.
I will do that.”
The owner talks to Genji and Taro.
Soon the party ends and the room becomes quiet.
Are you awake?
I want to tell you a story about me and a samurai’s wife.
“Was she your girlfriend, Genji?”
“Aha, we had so much fun together.
But her husband found out about us so I had to run away.”
“Ah, I see.”
“I know he is still very angry with me.
We never met but he knows my name.”
“So if he finds you, he may want to hurt you.”
“Yeah, but I’m sure he will never find me.
I’m good at hiding.
The samurai hears all of this and goes to see the owner.
He tells her about Genji’s story.
Then he says,
“I am the samurai that Genji is talking about.
I am still very angry.
So tomorrow morning, I will go to his room.
Please tell him that and lock the door to his room.
I don’t want him to run away.”
“Ah, OK, sir.
I will tell him that and I will lock the door.”
The owner talks to the two men.
The room becomes very quiet.
It stays quiet all night.
The next morning, the samurai goes to the front desk.
I had a good sleep.
I’m leaving now.”
“But sir, what about Genji?”
Oh, that man.
Actually, I don’t know him.
I just wanted to scar him and it worked.
They were quiet!”