Japanese tale #66 – The wave

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Once upon a time, there was sweet couple who lived a comfortable life by the sea. Despite their material comfort, both were very sad for they could not have children.

They had tried everything, patiently summoning famed physicians, and hiring priests for ritual chants and prayers. But alas, years and years passed, and no infant came to brighten their lives.

Finally, they both decided to make a pilgrimage to the mountains which stood at a few days walk from their home city. Lire la suite

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Japanese tale #46 – The dragon bridge

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Once upon a time, there was a nobleman named Hidesato. He was a famous warrior, a keen archer, and his brave temper made him crave adventure.

He had lead many battles and defeated fierce beasts all across the kingdom. Yet, his audacious heart always carried him further on the road.

One day, after long hours of travel, Hidesato came by a wide lake. Deep green and serene as a mirror, it spread as far as the eye could see, but strangely no rafts glided over its tranquil waters. Lire la suite

Conte japonais #46 – Le dragon sur le pont

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Il y avait une fois, un noble guerrier qui s’appelait Hidesato. C’était un archer prodige que son caractère aventureux poussait à l’aventure.

Il avait mené bien des batailles et occis bien des bêtes féroces à travers tout le royaume. Pourtant son cœur audacieux l’entraînait toujours plus loin.

Un jour, après de longues heures de voyage, Hidesato se trouva face à un lac immense. Ses eaux d’un vert sombre, lisses comme un miroir, s’étendaient à perte de vue. Mais étrangement, pas une barque ne venait troubler leur quiétude.

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