Japanese tale #39 – The Moon Spirit

moon spirit

Once upon a time, the moon was inhabited by a divine spirit. Beautiful as it was, glowing pale as the purest jewel, the spirit felt very lonely. Up in its remote hiding, a world of silvery rocks and limpid silence, it longed for a companion.

Far below, the earth was full of life. Each time the moon spirit looked down it could see humans and animals, climbing the tallest mountains, riding the deepest seas. In forests and fields, shores and caves, mortals beings thrived.

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Japanese tale #5 – Mooning monkey

mooning monkey

Once upon a time, up in the mountains, two rabbits were pounding mochi. To encourage themselves, they were singing:

🎶 We make mochi, how it sticks!

Sticky, sticky, sticky!

But so delicious, to whom will we gave some?

We’ll offer it to the mighty moon! 🎶

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