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What does Sayuri read in school?
I kind of got the words "sabishii sabishii" stuck in my brain for some reason from the part where Sayuri reads a book in school. Does anyone know what she reads?

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What does Sayuri read in school?
It's "Morning of Last Farewell" by Kenji Miyazawa, a poet from the first half of the 20th century. He was practically unknown in his time but in early 90's during the bubble economy and general questioning of core values of japanese society, he was discovered and immediately followed a big sure of popularity especially among the young people. Chances are that if some anime character is reading a poem it is one of Kenji's (for example his poems appeared in School Days and Ore no Imouto -IIRC-). There were also at least two anime movies made based on his short stories (Night on the Galactic Railway and Gauche the Cellist [Sero-hiki no Goshu]).  

Anyway, the whole poem goes like this:

    O my little sister
    Who will travel far on this day
    It is sleeting outside and strangely light
            (fetch me the rainlike snow)
    The sleet sloshing down
    Out of pale red clouds cruel and gloomy
            (fetch me the rainlike snow)
    I shot out into the midst of this black sleet
    A bent bullet
    To gather the rainlike snow for you to eat
    In two chipped ceramic bowls
    Decorated with blue watershields
            (fetch me the rainlike snow)
    The sleet sloshes down, sinking
    Out of sombre clouds the colour of bismuth
    O Toshiko
    You asked me for a bowl
    Of this refreshing snow
    When you were on the point of death
    To brighten my life forever
    Thank you my brave little sister
    I too will not waver from my path
            (fetch me the rainlike snow)
    You made your request to me
    Amidst the gasping and the intensest of fever
    For the last bowl of snow given off
    By the world of the sky called the atmosphere the galaxy and sun
    The sleet, desolate, collects
    On two large fragments of granite blocks
    I'll stand pracariously on them
    And fetch the last morsels of food
    For my sweet and tender sister
    Off this lustrous pine branch
    Covered in transparent cold droplets
    Holding the purewhite dual properties of water and snow
    Now today you will part forever
    With the deepblue pattern on these bowls
    So familiar to us as we grew up together
    (I go as I go by myself)
    You are truly bidding farewell on this day
    O my brave little sister
    Burning up pale white and gentl
    In the dark screens and mosquito net
    Of your stifling sickroom
    This snow is so white everywhere
    No matter where you take it from
    This exquisite snow has come
    From such a terrifying and disarranged sky
              (when I am born again
               I will be born to suffer
               Not only on my own account)
    I now pray with all my heart
    That the snow you will eat from these two bowls
    Will be transformed into heaven's icecream
    And be offered to you and everyone as material that will be holy
    On this wish I stake my every happiness
    (Translation by Roger Pulvers)
What does Sayuri read in school?
Check out the animated movie "Spring and Chaos" if you're interested in this author.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=225
What does Sayuri read in school?
Thanks... Will check out that movie someday^^
Found a transcript on the web. She actually says "hageshii" if anyone cares.
What does Sayuri read in school?
I had watch that Movie !
that 's great.
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