|On the day Kyusuke was sent off to Kyoto by the
villagers, a cold wind was blowing. The distant Akagi Mountain was blanketed with snow as
he trod along the central mountain road. The Kisoji Road passed through a deep, dark
forest which even in daytime seemed very gloomy indeed. Walking along the road, Kyusuke
was startled by the sudden "Caw! Caw!" of birds crying out in the trees
overhead. Having heard that bandits hiding in the forest sometimes attcked wayfarers, so
Kyusuke took a roudabout way to avoid them.