Japanese tales #26 – The year of the Rooster

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Once upon a time, there was a small village where two little farms stood side by side.

In one of them, lived a farmer named Tora-san. He was a keen hunter and a hard-working man, with a booming voice and large calloused hands. His fields were always neat and tidy as was his wooden house.

The other farm was inhabited by a strange man named Tori-san. Lanky, always daydreaming, Tora-san’s neighbor was not a very good farmer. His fields were always full of weeds and his house always seemed dusty.

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