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Japanese Fairy Tales

The Jelly Fish and the Monkey

The jelly fish, who originally had a shell and four legs, fails in a mission for the Dragon King of the Sea. As punishment his bones are removed, and he is beaten into a pulp. Thus the modern jelly fish was created.

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The Goblin of Adachigahara

A priest looks for lodging in the night and is given shelter by an old woman. She goes to gather more wood, and she tells him not to look in the back room. Curiosity gets the better of him, and he looks in the room and sees horrible things. He realizes she is the Goblin of Adachigahara, and flees. She chases him through the night, but he prays to Buddha and keeps running. Morning dawns, making the goblin disappear, and the priest is safe.

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The Farmer and the Badger

A badger kills a farmer’s wife, and the farmer asks a rabbit to get revenge for him.

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The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child

A bamboo cutter finds a small, luminescent girl, and raises her as Princess Moonlight. She refuses all suitors, befriends the Emperor, and eventually returns to her rightful home, the Moon.

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The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy

The heroic adventures of Kintaro.