Japanese tale #22 – The fishing monkey

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Once upon a time, there was a monkey who lived high, high in the mountains.

Winter came early in those rocky lands, its icy winds blowing harsh and strong. In a matter of weeks, leaves were gone and rivers had slowed.

Soon, all Life fell asleep under a thick coat of ice and snow.

Perched in the evergreens, the monkey was frozen to the bones, from his pale face to the tip of his long tail. Finding nuts and fruits in the now barren lands was getting more and more difficult as the season went by.

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