A Time When the Girl Lived

Spring has now arrived Bringing everyone a smile I am so happy The flowers are beautiful They smell lovely, do they not? "That was excellent, Princess." "I would expect nothing less from our Lord's daughter." "How splendidly cute." ...Is this really what happened in the past? Or is it merely the girl's dream. There is no longer anyone around who knows the truth.

Yuyuko Saigyouji is a ghost and the head of Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld. According to Chinese legend, Hakugyokurou is the place where writers and artists go after they die. Yuyuko is a ghost who enjoys the arts, so Hakugyokurou is the perfect home for her.

Usually, when living beings die, they become phantoms and are led to the Netherworld. However, some humans become ghosts after they die because they vehemently refuse to believe in their death or do not realize that they are dead. Unlike phantoms, ghosts have a corporeal form, are not cold to the touch, and can interact with objects, making them almost indistinguishable from normal humans.

Although Yuyuko has no memories from when she lived, she is aware of the fact that she has died and is a ghost. Thus it begs the question of how she became a ghost. It is a complete mystery. Perhaps the answer lies in her forgotten memories...

... that full moon of Kisaragi month. She continues to recite poetry even now. However, only the phantoms are there to listen.