Once upon a time, in a small village upon the sea of Japan, lived a fisherman and his only son. The man was old and stern and the young man very shy. Like all their neighbours, they were both very poor and had to work very hard to get their fill.
Everyday, father and son left their home before sunrise, pushing their tiny boat on the deep blue seas and hoping for the best.
And every evening, they sat together in their modest house, to mend their nets and creels before drifting into sleep.