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Face

by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Translated from Japanese by
Ryan Choi
Issue 31 Online Exclusive

 

わが顏は似たり 銀貨に

月よりも蒼む寂しさ

さて買ふは男爵夫人(バロネス)の名と

歎きつつ 鏡をとれば

月よりも蒼む寂しさ

わが顏は似たり 銀貨に

FACE

 

Like a silver coin

 

lonelier

blue than

the moon

 

hearing of

her marriage to the baron, and

her becoming thus a baroness,

 

I stare into the mirror,

 

with regret:

Face—

 

Like a silver coin

 

lonelier

blue than

the moon

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892–1927), born in Tokyo, Japan, was the author of more than three-hundred fifty works of fiction and nonfiction. Japan's premier literary award for emerging writers, the Akutagawa Prize, is named after him.
Translator

Ryan Choi lives in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where he was born and raised.