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for the Needy


Peaches you won't be sick of after a thousand years?


Hello everyone, and nice to meet you. If it's actually "been a while" then please leave that forgotten. I am the celestial, Tenshi Hinanawi. As a celestial, naturally I live in Heaven, but I thought the people of Gensokyo needed to know more about Heaven. I hope the readers will appreciate how rare this information is and read over this carefully.


Heaven is fundamentally a place where everything is luxurious. However, that luxury leans heavily towards luxury of the spirit. So much so that a magazine like this that deals only in other people's scandals would not be interested in it at all. Celestials are spiritually rich, so they lead a carefree life free of conflict. Naturally, even the food is amazing. And it certainly doesn't lack in portions either. Why? Because the staple food of a celestial is amazingly delicious peaches. Or rather, everyone only eats peaches. The peaches are almost too good. An elderly man in the neighborhood once told me that he's been eating nothing but peaches for a thousand years, and he's still not tired of them. While the peaches are amazing, that man is even more amazing. 'Cause I'm already sick of them.[1]


Luxury of the spirit is not found in kindness or open-mindedness. It's found in abandoning desire and being content with your circumstances, in knowing "satisfaction".[2] Every last one of these people is way too satisfied with nothing but peaches. But I know. I know dissatisfaction. Cuisine should have more variety. Even though I'd never left heaven since the day I was born, one day I visited Gensokyo for some light entertainment. And don't the people there eat plenty of things that aren't peaches? And when someone as noble as me calls upon your town, how could I forget to try some of the local cuisine? What's wrong with a celestial eating meat or sushi? I've always drunk sake though. Anyway, now I want to eat peach mozzarella.

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  1. Tenshi abruptly switches tones from polite to casual with this sentence, continuing into the next paragraph.
  2. Quotation from "Laozi" pt.1-33 — "He who is satisfied with his lot is rich". The orthodox interpretation in the original context is "the establishment must not be greedy. It leads him to dissatisfaction, and it won't make his mind satisfied or rich." But Tenshi here is making her own interpretation that our lives will be plentiful or rich when we know how different and how broad the world is.