January 29, 2011

The Impossible items

Today is a great day!

I just learned a new Japanese folk tale from one of my student. 
We ended up talking about Japanese and Philippines folk tale than
talking about politics. 
I don`t really like politics and so as her.

She told me about 
Taketori Monogatari Folk tale
(The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter )


Read story here

The interesting part of this story was when the princess gave the five princes a task. Then She will agree to marry the prince who managed to bring her a specified item. 

Here are the impossible items 

  • The first was told to bring her the stone begging bowl of the Buddha from India. 
  • The second was told to retrieve a jeweled branchfrom the island of Penglai.
  • The third was told to seek the legendary robe of the fire-rat of China. 
  • The fourth must retrieve a colored jewel from a dragon`s neck. 
  • The final prince was told to find the cowrie which was born from swallows.


Lesson:
If a guy wants to do everything for you just to get you 
give him one of these impossible items. (haha...)


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