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How The Sun Goddess Was Enticed Out Of Her Cave How The Sun Goddess Was Enticed Out Of Her Cave

How The Sun Goddess Was Enticed Out Of Her Cave
When the far-shining goddess, on account of the evil pranks of her brother, Susa no O, the Ruler of the Moon, hid herself in a cave, there was no more light, and heaven and earth were plunged into darkness. A council of all the gods was held in the dry bed of one of the rivers (which we call the Milky Way) in the fields of Heaven. The question of how to appease the anger of the goddess was discussed. A long-headed and very wise god was ordered to think out a plan to entice her forth from the cave. After... Short Stories - Post by : destiny911 - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2005

The Creation Of Heaven And Earth The Creation Of Heaven And Earth

The Creation Of Heaven And Earth
Of old the Heavens and the Earth were not separated. Land and water, solids and gases, fire and stone, light and darkness were mixed together. All was liquid and turbid chaos. Then the mighty mass began to move from within. The lighter particles of gas and air began to rise, forming the sky and heavens. The heavy parts sank and cohered, becoming the earth. The water formed the four seas. Then there appeared something like a white cloud floating between heaven and earth. Out of this came forth three beings--The Being of the Middle of Heaven, The High August Being, and... Short Stories - Post by : xeebo - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1962

Kai Riu O, The Dragon King Of The World Under The Sea Kai Riu O, The Dragon King Of The World Under The Sea

Kai Riu O, The Dragon King Of The World Under The Sea
Soon after her arrival at home, the empress Jingu gave birth to a son, whom she named Ojin. He was one of the fairest children ever born of an imperial mother, and was very wise and wonderful even when an infant. He was a great favorite of Takénouchi, the prime minister of the empress. As he grew up, he was full of the Yamato Damashii, or the spirit of unconquerable Japan. This Takénouchi was a very venerable old man, who was said to be three hundred and sixty years old. He had been the counsellor of five mikados. He was very... Short Stories - Post by : Bowolverine - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2405

The Jewels Of The Ebbing And The Flowing Tide The Jewels Of The Ebbing And The Flowing Tide

The Jewels Of The Ebbing And The Flowing Tide
Chiuai was the fourteenth mikado of the Land of the Gods (Japan). His wife, the empress, was named Jingu, or Godlike Exploit. She was a wise and discreet lady and assisted her husband to govern his dominions. When a great rebellion broke out in the south island called Kiushiu, the mikado marched his army against the rebels. The empress went with him and lived in the camp. One night, as she lay asleep in her tent, she dreamed that a heavenly being appeared to her and told her of a wonderful land in the west, full of gold, silver, jewels, silks... Short Stories - Post by : jamesjoseph - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2127

The Fisherman And The Moon-maiden The Fisherman And The Moon-maiden

The Fisherman And The Moon-maiden
Pearly and lustrous white, like a cloud in the far-off blue sky, seemed the floating figure of the moon-maiden, as she flew to earth. She was one of the fifteen glistening virgins that wait attendant upon the moon in her chambers in the sky. Looking down from her high home to the earth, she became enraptured with the glorious scenery of Suruga's ocean shore, and longed for a bath in the blue waters of the sea. So this fairy maid sped to the earth one morning early, when the moon having shone through the night was about to retire for the... Short Stories - Post by : xxmisselissaxx - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3294

Kiyohime, Or The Power Of Love Kiyohime, Or The Power Of Love

Kiyohime, Or The Power Of Love
Quiet and shady was the spot in the midst of one of the loveliest valley landscapes in the empire, near the banks of the Hidaka river stood the tea-house kept by one Kojima. It was surrounded on all sides by glorious mountains, ever robed with deep forests, silver-threaded with flashing water-falls, to which the lovers of nature paid many a visit, and in which poets were inspired to write stanzas in praise of the white foam and the twinkling streamlets. Here the bonzes loved to muse and meditate, and anon merry picnic parties spread their mats, looped their canvas screens,... Short Stories - Post by : Hugh_de_Payen - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1016

The Procession Of Lord Long-legs The Procession Of Lord Long-legs

The Procession Of Lord Long-legs
Lovely and bright in the month of May, at the time of rice-planting, was the day on which the daimio, Lord Long-legs, was informed by his chamberlain, Hop-hop, that on the morrow his lordship's retinue would be in readiness to accompany their worshipful Lord Long-legs on his journey. This Lord Long-legs was a daimio who ruled over four acres of rice-field in Echizen, whose revenue was ten thousand rice-stalks. His retainers, who were all grasshoppers, numbered over six thousand, while his court consisted only of nobles, such as Mantis, Beetle, and Pinching-bug. The maids of honor who waited on his queen... Short Stories - Post by : LindaCaroll - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 846

The Dream Story Of Gojiro The Dream Story Of Gojiro

The Dream Story Of Gojiro
Only a few years ago there was a gentleman in Fukui, Japan, who had a son, a bright lad of twelve, who was very diligent at school and had made astonishing progress in his studies. He was especially quick at learning Chinese characters, of which every Japanese gentleman who wishes to be called educated must know at least two thousand. For, although the Chinese and Japanese are two very different languages, yet the Japanese, Coreans and Chinese use the same letters to write with, just as English, Germans, French and Spaniards all employ one and the same alphabet. Now Gojiro's father... Short Stories - Post by : xlsjsc - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1462

The Earthquake Fish The Earthquake Fish

The Earthquake Fish
Mukashi, mukashi, (as most Japanese stories begin), long, long ago, when the gods came down from heaven to subdue the earth for the mikados, and civilize the country, there were a great many earthquakes, and nothing to stop them. The world continually rocked, and men's houses and lives were never safe. Now the two gods who were charged with the work of subduing the northeastern part of the world were Kashima and Katori. Having done their work well, and quieted all the enemies of the Sun-goddess, they came to the province of Hitachi. Kashima, sticking his sword into the earth, ran... Short Stories - Post by : ripleys1 - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2010

The Waterfall Of Yoro, Or The Fountain Of Youth The Waterfall Of Yoro, Or The Fountain Of Youth

The Waterfall Of Yoro, Or The Fountain Of Youth
Long, long, ago, when the oldest stork was young, there lived an aged woodcutter and his son on the slopes of the mountain Tagi, in the province of Mino. They gained a frugal livelihood by cutting brushwood on the hill-side, and carrying it in bundles on their back to sell in the nearest market town; for they were too poor to own an ox. With the money thus received they bought rice and radishes, their daily food. Only once or twice a year, at New Year's and on the mikado's birthday, could they afford to treat themselves to a mess of... Short Stories - Post by : mrsensational - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2549

The Lake Of The Lute And The Matchless Mountain The Lake Of The Lute And The Matchless Mountain

The Lake Of The Lute And The Matchless Mountain
Of all the beautiful objects in "the land of the holy gods," as the Japanese call their country, none are more beautiful than Fuji Mountain and Lake Biwa. The one is a great cone of white snow, the other is a sheet of heaven-blue water, in shape like a lute with four strings. Sweeping from twenty square leagues of space out of the plain and rising twelve thousand feet in air, Fuji, or Fusi Yama, casts its sunset shadow far out on the ocean, and from fourteen provinces gleams the splendor of its snowy crest. It sits like a king on... Short Stories - Post by : fsjobs - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 716

Smells And Jingles Smells And Jingles

Smells And Jingles
Yedo people are very fond of broiled eels. A rich merchant, named Kisaburo, who was very miserly with his money, once moved his quarters next door to the shop of one Kichibei, who caught and cooked eels for a living. During the night Mr. Kichibei caught his stock in trade, and in the day-time served them, smoking hot, to his customers. Cut into pieces three or four inches long, they were laid to sizzle on a grid-iron over red hot charcoal, which was kept in a glow by constant fanning. Kisaburo, wishing to save money, and having a strong imagination, daily... Short Stories - Post by : tabet - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2401

The Sazaye And The Tai The Sazaye And The Tai

The Sazaye And The Tai
Sazayé is a shell-fish, which is very proud of its shell. This is high, full of points like towers, and thick like a castle wall. When feeding, enjoying itself or moving around, its long neck and body are stretched out before it, armed with its hard operculum, which is like an iron shield, or the end of a battering ram. The operculum fits the entrance to its shell like a trap door. As soon as any danger is near it pulls in its head, and slams itself shut with a loud noise. On account of the hardness and thickness of his... Short Stories - Post by : ecardica - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2369

Raiko And The Shi-ten Doji Raiko And The Shi-ten Doji

Raiko And The Shi-ten Doji
Quite pathless were the desolate mountains of Tango, for no one ever went into them except once in a while a poor woodcutter or charcoal-burner; yet Raiko and his men set out with stout hearts. There were no bridges over the streams, and frightful precipices abounded. Once they had to stop and build a bridge by felling a tree, and walking across it over a dangerous chasm. Once they came to a steep rock, to descend which they must make a ladder of creeping vines. At last they reached a dense grove at the top of a cliff, far up to... Short Stories - Post by : ecdiscounts - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1065

Watanabe Kills The Great Spider Watanabe Kills The Great Spider

Watanabe Kills The Great Spider
During the time in which Watanabé was forming his plan to destroy the onis that lurked in the Oyé mountains, the brave Raiko fell sick, and daily grew weaker and paler. When the demons found this out they sent the three-eyed imp called Mitsumé Kozo, to plague him. This imp, which had a snout like a hog's, three monstrous blue eyes, and a mouth full of tusks, was glad that the brave soldier could no longer fight the onis. He would approach the sick man in his chamber, leer horribly at him, loll out his tongue, and pull down the lids... Short Stories - Post by : 46250 - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3357

Watanabe Cuts Off The Oni's Arm Watanabe Cuts Off The Oni's Arm

Watanabe Cuts Off The Oni's Arm
When the capital of Japan was the city of Kioto, and the mikado dwelt in it with all his court, there lived a brave captain of the guard named Yorimitsu, who belonged to the famous Minamoto family. He was also called Raiko, and by this name he is best known to all the boys and girls in Great Japan. Under Captain Raiko were three brave guardsmen, one of whom was named Watanabé Tsuna. The duty of these men-at-arms was to watch at the gates leading to the palace. It had come to pass that the blossom capital had fallen in a... Short Stories - Post by : Norman - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3475

Yorimasa, The Brave Archer Yorimasa, The Brave Archer

Yorimasa, The Brave Archer
Genzan Yorimasa was a brave warrior and a very useful man who lived more than eight thousand moons ago. On account of his valor and skill in the use of the bow he was called to Kioto, and promoted to be chief guard of the imperial palace. At that time the emperor, Narahito, could not sleep at night, because his rest was disturbed by a frightful beast, which scared away even the sentinels in armor who stood on guard. This dreadful beast had the wings of a bird, the body and claws of a tiger, the head of a monkey, a... Short Stories - Post by : cthomson - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1661

Lord Cuttle-fish Gives A Concert Lord Cuttle-fish Gives A Concert

Lord Cuttle-fish Gives A Concert
Despite the loss of the monkey's liver, the queen of the World under the Sea, after careful attention and long rest, got well again, and was able to be about her duties and govern her kingdom well. The news of her recovery created the wildest joy all over the Under-world, and from tears and gloom and silence, the caves echoed with laughter, and the sponge-beds with music. Every one had on a "white face." Drums, flutes and banjos, which had been hung up on coral branches, or packed away in shell boxes, were taken down, or brought out, and right merrily... Short Stories - Post by : excelbru - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1179

How The Jelly-fish Lost Its Shell How The Jelly-fish Lost Its Shell

How The Jelly-fish Lost Its Shell
Parts of the seas of the Japanese Archipelago are speckled with thousands of round white jelly-fish, that swim a few feet below the surface. One can see the great steamer go ploughing through them as through a field of frosted cakes. The huge paddle-wheels make a perfect pudding of thousands of them, as they are dashed against the paddle-box and whipped into a froth like white of eggs or churned into a thick cream by the propeller blades. Sometimes the shoals are of great breadth, and then it veritably looks as though a crockery shop had been upset in the ocean,... Short Stories - Post by : nvweb - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3543

Jiraiya, Or The Magic Frog Jiraiya, Or The Magic Frog

Jiraiya, Or The Magic Frog
Ogata was the name of a castle-lord who lived in the Island of the Nine Provinces, (Kiushiu). He had but one son, an infant, whom the people in admiration nicknamed Jiraiya (Young Thunder.) During one of the civil wars, this castle was taken, and Ogata was slain; but by the aid of a faithful retainer, who hid Jiraiya in his bosom, the boy escaped and fled northward to Echigo. There he lived until he grew up to manhood. At that time Echigo was infested with robbers. One day the faithful retainer of Jiraiya being attacked, made resistance, and was slain by... Short Stories - Post by : bjallen - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3539