PROLOGUE
Monsters in the Twilight of Enlightenment
The ideal Kyoka twilightizes life.
- Orikuchi Shinobu, cited in Miyata Noburu,
"Kyoka to yokai" [Kyoka and monsters]
I
wonder how many people there are in the world who truly
have a sense of taste for twilight? It seems to me that many people
have lumped twilight and dusk together. When speaking of "dusk"
the sensation of the color of night, the color of darkness, becomes
dominant. However, twilight is neither the color of night nor the
color of darkness. So saying, it is neither simply a sensation of day,
nor of light. In the momentary world of entering night from day,
at
the momentary boundary of entering darkness from light, is that
not where the twilight world lies? Twilight is neither darkness nor
light, and nor is it a mixture of light and darkness. I think that twi-
light is a world of singularly subtle shades that exist solely in that
momentary space of entering darkness from light, of entering night
from day. Similar to the singularly subtle twilight world, existing in
the space of entering darkness from light, there is a world of subtle
shades called dawn on the boundary of entering light from dark-
ness, in the momentary interval of moving to day from night. This
too is a singularly subtle world that is neither darkness nor light nor
a mixture of darkness and light. I consider it a great mistake that
people in the world think as though there were no other worlds
outside of night and day, darkness and light.
It
is my belief that
there is certainly a singularly subtle world of the in-between out-
side of sensations that approach the two extremes of dusk and day-
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