Taketori Monogatari（The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter）is Japan’s oldest science fiction
Now is the season for tasty bamboo shoots, and these days I glance into a nearby bamboo grove.
I was looking at the bamboo, and I noticed that there are not many people who appreciate the beauty of Taketori Monogatari from a science fiction perspective, so I decided to post this.
☆First, a review and previous knowledge of “The Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter” ☆
Year and Author
- Ancient Japanese tale established in the early Heian period (approximately 800-1000 AD)
- Author unknown
Is the mysterious plant “bamboo” a grass or a tree?
- Fast growing like grass,yet hard and large like a tree.
- No annual ringe like wood,but knots are present.
A month with many mysteries?
There are many theories about the birth of the moon.
- Parent-child separation theory (separated by some influence when the earth was still soft from birth)
- Capture theory (catch the moon wandering in space with perfect timing)←I’m sure shoheiohtani can do it.
- Twin theory (born at the same time on the larger earth and the smaller moon)
Earth and Moon
- Diameter: The Earth is about 12700 km and the Moon is about 3400 km, a ratio of about 4:1.
- Orbital period: Earth is about 365 days and Moon is about 27 days, a ratio of about 13.5 to 1
Explained in conversation
From here, I will explain “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” from a science fiction point of view.
First, the size of the earth and the moon are reflected in baby size.
The average height of a Japanese baby is approximately 50 cm.
If this is adjusted to the ratio of the diameters of the earth and the moon, the moon size is about 12 cm.
This is the size of a baby that can fit completely inside a bamboo.
I think it’s a coincidence~.
Then, how about this
The orbital period of the earth is about 365 days and that of the moon is about 27 days.
Reflecting this, we assume that time flows 13.5 times faster on the Moon than on the Earth.
I wonder if my fast growth comes from this setting?
I am pretty sure that the time of the month is set.
And it is not only the setting of the princess, but also the setting associated with bamboo.
To the Japanese of that time (800-1000 AD), bamboo must have seemed like a mysterious plant.
It grew fast like grass, hard and large like a tree.
It has no annual rings, but has knots.
The speed of bamboo growth also matches the time of the moon.
Furthermore, assume the birth year of the science fiction novel of Taketori Monogatari to be 900 AD.
Using the setting where time flows 13.5 times faster than the moon….
The moon at that time would be 12150 AD.
The science and technology has developed enough for a charter flight (UFO) from the moon to come and pick up the princess.
Such a setting can be established.
It’s a very elaborate setup!
It is astonishing that people of that time wrote this. To explain, it’s at a level of science fiction setting that would make sense to us today!
Even the panda is surprised.
Quoted Image(Panda):O-DAN FREE PHOTO
Quoted Image(Princess･Stomach･Teru・Princess):Cute Free Stock Photos IRASUTOYA
At the end.
The Moon as seen from the Earth is always the same surface.
We cannot see the underside or the interior.
Observation is advancing with the development of science and technology, but perhaps there are moon people living quietly.
I can’t wait for the time when anyone can go to space.