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I have been trying to read more and more books in Japanese lately. I want to achieve my goal to read Japanese Novel as soon as possible. Right now, I can only read Manga and children story. For now, reading novel is impossible to do because novel contains incredibly difficult Kanji.
I tried to sneak a Japanese folktale (ものがたり) in between pages of novel I am currently read. The language and Kanji used in this book is very simple. I didn’t need to open dictionary to read it. The fact that I have heard the tale also helps my reading.
I am going to share this tale for my Once Upon the Time Reading Challenge V. What you about to read is my rough translation of the book.
Long long time ago, lived an old couple who didn’t have any children. They prayed everyday to Gods (神様) “Please give us a child, please give us a child”
One day, the Gods gave them a child, but the child was not how they expected him to be. The child was only 3 cm high. They named him Isshun Boushi, Isshun means 3 cm in olden Japanese words.
Although Isshun Boushi was small in size but he had such a smart head. When he was 13 years old he told his parents that he wanted to go to Kyouto (京都) to be a better man. Kyouto was the biggest city in Japan, his parents were so worried.
“You are so small, can you really go to Kyouto by yourself?” said his father.
“Please don’t go!” said his mother.
His parents finally let him go. They gave him a needle for his sword, chopstick and bowl as his boat and peddler. Isshun Boushi left his house by using his bowl-boat.
When he arrived in Kyouto, he saw how crowded the city was. He came into a big house and thought that he could work in that house.
The man was surprised upon seeing such small person. The man was the owner of the house. Isshun Boushi introduced himself and told him that he wanted to work in his house. The man liked Isshun Boushi and accepted his request.
Three years later, Isshun Boushi turns 16 and the daughter 13. The daughter had become such beautiful woman.
“だめだ!” shouted Isshun Boushi. (You can’t do that!)
The demon laughed at the size of Isshun Boushi and he swallowed him down.
“It hurts, it hurts!” shouted the demon. “Please forgive me!”
Isshun Boushi came out of the demon’s mouth and the demon ran away from that place. The demon accidentally left a very precious item.
“aa..this is 打ち出の小槌 !” said the daughter. (Uchi de kozuchi = Small Magic Hammer)
“Please make Isshun Boushi becomes taller” chanted the daughter while shaking the kozuchi.
Suddenly Isshun Boushi turned into normal human height.
Isshun Boshi returned to his home in Osaka (大阪). His parents were surprised but happy to see him in his normal size.
Isshun Boushi and the daughter got married and lived happily.
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Hope you enjoy this tale from Japan as much as we do 🙂