I'm playing a game that talks about the story of Princess Kaguya in the following way. I think I got the general gist of it, but I found the second sentence in particular to be perplexing. I think the first から is use to say she came from the moon, but I'm not sure what meaning of the second から is.


Princess Kaguya did indeed cry when looking upon the moon.


But, she wasn't crying because she came(??) from the moon


Because the moon is the symbol of Tsukuyomi, Kaguya was in truth yearning for her previous life.


In other words, the moon resident who came to take her back was Tsukuyomi.

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    There's "because" in your translation...
    – chocolate
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 23:51

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However, it was not because she had come from the moon.

The first "から" is simply "from" and the second is "since" or "because".

The tricky part here is じゃない after the 2nd から which you may not have seen. Here is means "It wasn't because of ..."

This sentence is talking about the one previous to it. And the real reason for the first sentence (her crying) is described in the 3rd and 4th sentences.

  • Well I felt that sentence was just strange because isn't it seems to contradict the 3rd/4th sentence, which say she was crying because she was homesick. But surely this one just says she wasn't crying because she left the moon.
    – Ringil
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 9:21
  • he wasn't crying because not because she came from the moon, but because of her previous life.
    – Locksleyu
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 14:19
  • BUt aren't those the same? Her previous life was life on the moon..
    – Ringil
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 1:57

My guess would be that the first is "from" and the second is "since."


However, wasn't that since she came from the moon...?

Not super confident in my answer, but that's how I would understand it if I didn't think too hard.

  • The sentence is a statement, and not a question.
    – user4032
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 2:15

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