A cunning of Jiro
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Jiro is fourteen years old. It’s a boy with an awakened mine, eyes as black as ebony, sparkling vivacity and intelligence. He never knew his father. This left for the other world, a few days after the birth of his … Read More

The two cysts
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There once was a lumberjack named Kikorisuke. He had on the right cheek a huge sebaceous cyst. This infirmity afflicted him much; because every time someone saw him pass, laughed … especially young people. The lumberjack had on the right … Read More

The sparrow without tongue
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In the village of Nagatani, once lived, in two neighboring houses, a good old man and a nasty old woman. The first was called Nasakeji, the second Arababa. The old man loved birds. He has, especially for sparrows, a marked … Read More

December strawberries
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There was once a widow, called Falcon. She lived with her two daughters, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the town of Naga. The older of the two children, who answered to the name of Chrysanthemum, was in fact his … Read More

The rats from the temple
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On the side of a hill, raising in the air his bizarre forms and strange sculptures, was the temple of Couannon, the goddess of mercy. Pilgrims follow one another in the crowd. It’s a parade of all the misfortunes that … Read More

The Kompeito vase
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The mayor of the village of Karazaki was celebrating the marriage of his daughter. Officials, owners and rentiers of the place were invited to the feast. Sitting in a circle on the mats, they passed one to another, without interruption, … Read More

Japanese legends: The Adventures of Benke
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Musashibo Benke was, if we are to believe certain chroniclers, the third son of the bonze Benshô, prior of the ancient and famous monastery of Gonguen. Some say, anyway, that he had yet as father the devil. The extraordinary circumstances … Read More

The eight young goats
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There was once a goat. This goat was called Yagisan. She had eight kids. These eight kids liked her, and the goat liked them. One day Yagisan left for the city; she was going to provision. Before leaving, she told … Read More

The unique umbrella
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A beautiful summer evening, the sky is full of stars, among which the moon at the full, throne like a queen. The Masagocho boulevard is full of people: recognized flâneurs, bored in the evening; passing tourists, who come to study … Read More

The monster Yamata
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There was long time ago: the many islands of Japan had just been engendered by the goddess Izanami. His daughter Amaterasu, the sun goddess, reigned, majestic and brilliant, in the infinite splendor of Takamagahara, that is to say the sky. … Read More

Revenge of the hare
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There was once an old man and an old woman. The name of the old man was Gombeiji, and of the old woman Torah. They were very good people. They lived in complete privacy, and were content with little. Their … Read More

The little thief
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Miss Aki was a young seventeen year old girl. His parents had spoiled her. Like all young girls who are spoiled by their parents, she was vain, capricious and mean. She had a very bad thing. Aki was a thief. … Read More

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