When I was a kid, my grandma would often sternly say, “Eat every single grain of rice in your bowl. Don’t leave any of them.” I would look into my rice bowl and see two or three grains stuck to the sides.
It was difficult to pick up a grain of rice with chopsticks when I was little. I also didn’t care. I just wanted to finish my meal and watch TV.
I also hated to have my rice bowl checked by grandma. One day I had to ask. “What’s the matter with leaving one grain of rice, grandma?” Continue reading
My uncle hunts birds with his dogs. He goes mainly into the mountains and so he knows them well.
One autumn day, he caught wild duck and my family was invited to share. He butchered the duck himself and made hot-pot. The meat was chewy and tasted unsophisticated so my parents frowned as soon as they had the first bite.
In the previous post of this two-part series, I introduced the most widely known stories about the giant, Daidara-Botchi.
Part two is another version I heard from my high school teacher. Interestingly, it’s a very obscure one.
Long ago, the place where Mount Tsukuba now sits had nothing. It was just flat land.
My hometown is located in the Kanto region of central Honshu. It’s not too far from Tokyo but it’s a typical rural city where farming is still one of the major industries.
The whole area including my hometown is called Kanto Plain. The land is flat and there are many rivers. The middle west of the Kanto Plain is especially good for producing rice.
What is the most famous Japanese folk tale? There are so many stories that have been told generation to generation. It is difficult to choose one but probably this story is one of the most famous.
“Find Y shaped land and then bury him there.” My grandma told me this when my puppy died over 20 years ago.
One Sunday afternoon, my puppy got food poisoning and died in an awful way. I was so sad but that’s the life so I decided to bury him somewhere.
If you have visited Japan, you might have gotten at least one lucky charm or omamori from shrines or temples.
They are usually small bags, smaller than a business card, made out woven cloth. The purpose of charms depends on what you want or where you bought them.