きつねの橋(読みもの)

The Fox Bridge

久保田香里 作/佐竹美保 絵 text: Kubota, Kaori | illus. Satake, Miho

カテゴリー: Japanese Children's Booksおすすめ!日本の子どもの本読みもの/chapter books and novels

『きつねの橋』(Kitsune no hashi)

15歳の貞道(さだみち)は、源頼光に仕える新参者の郎等だ。京の町に入る橋の上で人の姿をしたきつねに化かされるという噂を聞いた貞道は、そのきつねを捕らえるが、逃がしてやる。その後、貞道は、友人の季武(すえたけ)と、大盗賊・袴垂(はかまだれ)の手下をやっつけて名を挙げ、袴垂に恨まれる。ある日、袴垂一味に襲われて、刀や馬を取られてしまう。

一方、きつねの葉月(はつき)は、母と分かれて暮らす幼い齋院・尊子姫に仕えていた。齋院の家は貧しく、祭のための扇を支度できないため、葉月は貞道に助けを求める。貞道は、藤原兼家の五の君(のちの道長)が鬼に命を取られそうになったのを葉月とともに助けたことで、そのお礼に齋院のための扇を手に入れる。貞道、季武、公友は、何とか大盗賊を捕まえようと、袴垂をおびき出す計画を立てる。それは、貞道が齋院の身代わりとなり扇を持って祭の行列に参加するというものだった。

平安時代を舞台に、きつねと人間、郎等と盗賊の化かし合いが次々と起こり、読者を飽きさせない。そしてそのなかに、人間(貞道)ときつね(葉月)の間に生まれた信頼関係や、大人になる手前の貞道と季武、公友の友情関係が、豊かに、時にユーモラスに描かれている。(土居)

出版社 偕成社
初版年 2019年
ISBN 9784035405603
ページ数 216頁
サイズ 22×16
対象年齢 11歳から
キーワード 平安時代 きつね 盗賊 ファンタジー

The Fox Bridge

This fantasy is set in tenth-century Kyoto and follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Sadamichi who befriends a shape-changing fox and captures a band of thieves.

Sadamichi has just been assigned to serve under Minamoto no Yorimitsu. He captures a fox that can turn into a human, only to let her go again when he finds his coworkers bullying her. Later, Sadamichi and his friend Suetake make a name for themselves by defeating the underlings of Hakamadare, a master thief, but Hakamadare exacts revenge by stealing Sadamichi’s sword and horse.

The freed fox, who calls herself Hazuki, is the handmaiden of Princess Takako, a young maiden who has been separated from her mother to serve at Kyoto’s Kamo Shrine. The princess’s family is poor, and Hazuki asks Sadamichi to help her obtain a fan for the princess to use at a festival. When Sadamachi and his friend Suetake visit the home of another friend, Kimitomo, they run into the fifth prince and end up saving from an attack by a demon. In return, the prince gives Sadamichi a fan.

Sadamichi, Suetake and Kimitomo come up with a plan to capture the master thief, Hakamadare. Sadamichi disguises himself as Princess Takako and joins the festival procession with the fan. Hakamadare attempts to steal the fan but fails. Instead, however, he steals all the weapons of Sadamichi’s master from the storehouse. After this, he attacks Princess Takako once again, but this time it is the fox, Hazuki, who is impersonating the princess. Sadamichi hears Hazuki’s voice and runs to her rescue.

The fast-paced, action-packed story keeps the reader engaged, as does the rich and sometimes humorous portrayal of the trust that blossoms between man and fox and the friendship among the three young men. (Doi)

  • text: Kubota, Kaori | illus. Satake, Miho
  • Kaiseisha
  • 2019
  • 216 pages
  • 22×16
  • ISBN 9784035405603
  • Age 11 +

Heian period (10th century), Fox, Thieves, Fantasy


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