February 20, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins (2/4)

I've posted chapter 4 (book 2) of Hills of Silver Ruins, a Pitch Black Moon.

Jinjuu Manor (仁重殿) is Taiki's official residence (here referring to the entire estate). The guest house is a larger and more luxurious version of the courtyard house that Risai, Kyoshi, and Houto rent in Rin'u, with an additional courtyard and the east and west wings intact.

The kanji on the signboard (黄袍館) refer to the yellow robes worn by the emperors of ancient China and are pronounced using the standard Chinese reading (on'yomi) of ouhoukan. The furigana accompanying the same kanji (黄袍) in the next sentence are for the nightingale (uguisu).

Suggesting a nightingale with yellow feathers or perhaps the golden oriole (the Japanese nightingale is "bright olive-green"). The parenthetical pointing out the cultural connection between the plum tree and the nightingale is my addition.

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# posted by Anonymous Emily
2/21/2021 2:18 AM   
Hi Eugene,
Thank you for your translation! I checked the book again for the signboard part. In my book the furigana for 黄袍 is ouhou. I took a picture of the page and post it here https://hellfireinfrozenlands.tumblr.com/post/643719378078138368/please-ignore-this-this-is-just-for-me-to-post-a. Maybe there's misprint?
# posted by Blogger Eugene
2/21/2021 9:44 AM   
I've updated the original post to clarify how the furigana for ouhoukan and uguisu are being used.