In April, Ueno Hill is crowded by many visitors who
enjoy viewing cherry blossoms. The daughter pf a
magnate at low-lying area went to the hill to see
cherry blossoms in full bloom, followed by her
maidservants. She was very much proud of her looks,
and while they were walking, she spoke unfavorably
of the other women they met on the way to the hill;
she was too short, she was too tall, her lips were
small but nose was too big, her skin was dark, her
forehead was too broad, etc., etc., etc. On the way
back, they stopped at Shinobazu Pond, where she
found her figure mirrored in the lake. She said.
"She is not so pretty at all, either."
A mendicant priest staood in front of the house
playing a shakuhachi. A man in the house told the
priest to pass. By saying "Pass", he meant that the
priest should leave there as he had no money to
"If so, excuse me", The priest said and got into the
house. Surprised by this, the man said "I told you
to pass." Saying "If so, excuse me ," the priest got
into his house further. He got mad at the priest and said
harshly "Wow, you pass." Saying, "If so, excuse me
," the priest further proceeded his way into his
rooms further. Entirely embarrassed, the man
shouted, "Pass. Go away." Then, the priest left back
door, saying "If so, excuse me ."
2 large inns stood opposite to each other, competing
the abilities to attract customers. Oneday, t the
master of one of them who had been managing to
increase his customers bought a strpng magmet and
put it in front of his inn. His wife wondered and
asked him what it was for. He told her to keep it
secret explaining anything to her.Soon, a traveller was coming up to the inns. The
master approached the traveller from the back and
sprinkled iron powder on his shoulder. The traveler
was pulled by the magnet and entered the inn. The
inn was getting more and more prosperous. On the
other hand, the master pf the inn at opposite side
who lost lots of his jis customers undrstood the
fact He bought the same magnet and set it in front
of the entrance of his inn, too.
Then, a strange thig happened. A traveler between
the inns could not move at all at the center of the
road, being pulled by the magnets from both sides .
The master of the small inn which was next to
another one approached the travelr and brushed away
the iron powder from the traveler' shoulder. He
could easily obtain and lead a new customer to his
Long, long ago, there was a married couple. One day,
their neighbor gave them a cake called manjyu. Both
of them were very much fond of it and wanted to
monopolize it. The husband offered his wife to make
an outstaring game, saying that the either one that
won the game can eat it whole. She accepted his
While they were staring one another, putting the
cake bietween them, a robber sneaked into the room.
Even though they realized this intruder, they still
continued the game. The robber easily searched for
the closet and stealed many expensive things and
Unable to endure any longer, the wife screamed
accusing her husband why he did't blame the robber.
Sneering, he picked up the cake and said,
"I won. This manjyu is mine."
How Do You
Long, long ago, there lived a man who had lost his
eyesight in his childhood. He has been desperately
wanting to see his wife and children as well as all
the things. One day, he decided his mind to devote
to Benten in a shrine nearby his residence. He
stayed and prayed there for 7 days and nights. After
7 days all of a sudden, his eye trouble was cured.
He was in rapture with deeo thanks to his godess
and began to walk towards his residence. Bit he
could not tell in which direction his housewas. so
he closed his eyes again and managed to reach his
house. Getting into the entrance, he opemed his
eyes, when he found a very beautiful lady. He asked
her if she was his wife. She said with radiant smile.
"How do you do? I am very happy that we see for the
I Go On
Long, long ago, there was a very rich but too stingy
man. He has been ill for a long time, and he felt
that he might die pretty soon. So he called all of
his family to his bed room as he wanted to say his
firm will to his family.
He said to them.
"For the repair and reconstruction of the temple, I
have contributed lots and lots of money, but so far
I have not any return at all. So, even if I died,
you never ever spend any excessive money.
Everybody attending there said that they were to
follow his will and carry it out for sure. One of
them asked how they should do with his funeral,
"Yet, shall we prepare a bier?"
"No, don't do it because I have to pay the money to
the laborers who carry the bier"
"Okay, then, shall we have a cow carry the coffin?"
"No. That costs for ca aw too."
"Then, how about two persons shoulder it?"
"No, I don't like it because I have to pay for those
All the family attended there was entirely at a
loss. Then, the youngest little grand daughter said
"Grandpa, you walk for your self?"
"That's it. Yes, I go on foot"
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?" "No, dad."
"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."