"Whatever" -- Dazai Osamu

I moved out here to deepest Mitaka on the first of September last year. Before that, I lived in a house on the outskirts of Kôfu. One month's rent was six yen and fifty sen. Before that, I'd been renting the second floor of a teahouse on top of Misaka Tôge in Kôshû. Before that, I'd had a room in one of the cheapest boarding houses in Ogikubo. Before that, I lived outside Funabashi in Chiba, paying twenty-four yen. But no matter where I live, it's all the same to me. I never felt anything about any of these places. Visitors are always telling me how wonderful my house in Mikata now is, but I can barely bring myself to grunt in response. Who cares about any of that? Clothing, food and shelter -- I have no interest in these things. When I see someone all proud of his fancy suit, or the meals he eats, or his house, all I can think of is how ridiculous he seems.


『無趣味』 (Mushumi), published March 1940, written by Dazai Osamu (太宰治), 1909-1948.

Aozora Bunko version entered by Masuyama Kazuaki (増山一光) and proofread by Tsuchiya Takashi (土屋隆).