The boy who paid a visit to Asakusa Kannon came back
abd said to his father.
"Dad, I deeply prayed today, and on my way back, I
found a lost wonderful mirror by the roadside of
"Oh, yeah! and then?" I asked people around there if they had any idea of
the person who had lost it. But nobody knew."
"That must be a Kannon's gift for you. You picked it
up, didn't you?"
"Why didn't you bring back the good fortune?"
""Well, I bent down to pick it up, but I stopped."
"'Cause, someone in the mirror was staring at me."
A man talked to children in a know-it-all manner.
"The animals that have bifurcate hooves run rapidly,
For example, do you know, rhinos living in faraway
Africa?" "Yeah, isn't it like the one with a horn
nose?" said a boy. "Yes, you are correct, It dashes
like an arrow because of the bifurcate hooves" said
the man. "Oh! if so, what happens to horses that
have not bifurcate hooves? They run very fast" said
an other girl. "Well, it is only because the hooves
are not bifurcate that persons can ride on. If the
hooves were bifurcate it is a terrible fuss to ride
on horses, as they move far faster than the eye
could follow" said the man. Then, another boy said.
"Oh! What happened to caws? Whey are slow even
though they have bifurcate hooves. Why?" "Good. The
reason caws can only walk very slowly is because
their hooves are bifurcate, otherwise they can not
even move." said the man.
A Wolf's Fiasco
A hungry wolf came down the mountains.
tat tat tat
tat tat tat tat tat
He heard the sound of footsteps
of an express messenger. It's in the bag! -- he
thought and awaited at the center of the ro ad
widely opening his big mouth.
tat tat tat
The messenger jumped into his mouth
without glancing aside and run through his body,
then, with a pop, getting out of the
the messenger left
there quickly pop
back, the wolf murmured. "Regretful, I should have
worn a breechclout."