こんぴら狗(読みもの)

Konpira Dog

今井恭子 著/いぬんこ 画 Text: Imai, Kyoko | Illus. Inunko

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

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『こんぴら狗』(Konpira inu)

江戸時代、商店の娘・弥生に拾われて大きくなった犬のムツキは、ある日、江戸から讃岐(今の香川県)にある金比羅神社までお参りに出される。弥生の病気の治癒を祈願する家族の代理で参拝することになったのだ。ムツキは途中で、托鉢僧、にせ薬の行商人、芸者見習い、大工、盲目の少年など、さまざまな職業や年齢の人々に出会い、ひとときの間道連れになって旅をする。そして、川に落ちたり、雷鳴に驚いてやみくもに逃げ出して迷子になったり、姿のいい雌犬と出会って仲良くなったり、追いはぎに襲われた道連れを助けたり、といろいろな体験をしながら、金比羅神社までの往復をなしとげる。ムツキをかわいがっていた盲目の少年が、やがてムツキの子どもをもらうという終わり方にもホッとできる。たくさんの資料や文献にあたったうえで紡がれた、愛らしいリアルな物語。多くの賞を受賞している。(さくま)

出版社 くもん出版
初版年 2017年
ISBN 978-4-7743-2707-5
ページ数 344頁
サイズ 20×14
対象年齢 12歳から
キーワード イヌ 参拝 旅

Konpira Dog

This is an entertaining adventure novel with a dog as the protagonist, and is also historical fiction introducing the customs and lifestyle of Japanese people in the Edo period (1603-1868). The dog, Mutsuki, had been abandoned, but was rescued by Yayoi, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, and is now grown up. In this story he is sent on a pilgrimage from Edo (Tokyo) to a shrine in Sanuki (today’s Kagawa Prefecture in western Japan) dedicated to Konpira, the guardian deity of seafarers. He is being sent as the family’s representative to pray that Yayoi will recover from illness. He sets out carrying a bag around his neck containing a wooden slab engraved with his owner’s name and address, a monetary offering for the shrine, and enough money for buying food to last him the journey. He comes to be known as “Konpira Dog” and is looked after by travelers and other people he crosses paths with, so eventually he completes his mission and returns home safely.
On his travels, Mutsuki keeps the company of many people of different trades and ages, including a mendicant, a snake oil peddler, an apprentice geisha, and a carpenter. He also has many experiences on his pilgrimage, such as falling into the river, making friends with an attractive female dog, and saving a traveling companion from bandits. His last companion on the road is a woman who runs a kerosene wholesale business and whose young son Muneo is blind. The boy is later given Mutsuki’s puppy, providing a satisfying conclusion to the story. The author researched the subject thoroughly to make it into a creative yet realistic story. The book won the Sankei Children’s Publishing Award, the Association of Japanese Children’s Authors Award, and the Shogakukan Children’s Book Award. (Sakuma)

  • Text: Imai, Kyoko | Illus. Inunko
  • Kumon Shuppan
  • 2017
  • 344 pages
  • 20×14
  • ISBN 978-4-7743-2707-5
  • Age 12 +

Dogs, Pilgrimage, Travel


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