By Yei Theodora Ozaki,Rajesh Kumar
all as Tawara Toda, or "My Lord Bag of Rice." His precise name
was Fujiwara Hidesato, and there's a very fascinating tale of
how he got here to alter his name.
One day he sallied forth looking for adventures, for he had
the nature of a warrior and will now not undergo to be idle. So he
buckled on his swords, took his large bow, a lot taller
than himself, in his hand, and slinging his quiver on his back
started out. He had no longer long past a ways while he got here to the bridge of
Seta-no-Karashi spanning one finish of the attractive Lake Biwa.
No had he set foot at the bridge than he observed mendacity right
across his course an enormous serpent-dragon. Its physique used to be so titanic that
it appeared like the trunk of a giant pine tree and it took up the
whole width of the bridge. certainly one of its large claws rested on the
parapet of 1 facet of the bridge, whereas its tail lay correct against
the different. The monster asleep, and as it
breathed, hearth and smoke got here out of its nostrils.
At first Hidesato couldn't support feeling alarmed on the sight
of this terrible reptile mendacity in his direction, for he needs to both turn
back or stroll correct over its physique. He used to be a courageous man,
however, and placing apart all worry went ahead dauntlessly.
Crunch, crunch! he stepped now at the dragon's physique, now
between its coils, and with no even one look backward he
went on his way.
He had purely gone..................
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Japanese Fairy Tales (Annotated) by Yei Theodora Ozaki,Rajesh Kumar