After a longish break, I resumed reading this yesterday, and finished it today. To me the book felt like poetry: very evocative, yet difficult to analyse.
Dream 4. I have no idea what just happened here, it was possibly one of the most dreamlike of the dreams. I feel there must be some obvious symbolism that I’m missing, especially with all that yellow, but I have no idea what. Thanks to @pm215 for the 神かみさん=proprietoress note, it makes much more sense than the God that I initially had in mind.
Dream 5. I wasn’t keen to read that because war stories are never my favourite, but it had nice imagery and felt more like a fairy tale or a local legend than a dream. I kept wondering how the woman would know to go meet the prisoner, then reminded myself that in a dream anything goes.
Dream 6. This again felt nothing like a dream, but rather like a funny anecdote.
Dream 7. I really liked this one. Especially the fact that he was still in the process of falling by the end of the story felt very dreamlike.
Dream 8. This too felt very dreamlike, for some reason being unable to move or properly see what you want to is a common dream theme. Funny that the reason was the very realistic setting of sitting in a barber’s chair. No idea what the goldfish were all about at the end.
Dream 9. Hmm. I expected something to happen to the child, so it was better than I feared. I got the sense that the narrator’s mother and the mother in the story were the same person, although how she came to know that her husband had been long dead wasn’t clear. Again, a dream, so that’s fine. Still, this one felt just like a straightforward sad story, rather than a dream.
Dream 10. This one also felt like a story or folk tale or something, especially with all the names and the third person usage. The imagery was quite surreal though. And I again think I missed something that should have been obvious. What’s the significance of the hat belonging to 健? Why is it so horrible to be licked by pigs? And who is this 庄太郎 who keeps appearing in dreams by name?