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Old Stories of Japan

For Beginners
Old Stories of Japan にほん むかし ばなし

   Urashima Taro うらしま たろう
   The Tongue-Cut Sparrow した きり すずめ
   Click-Clack Mountain かちかち やま

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Ghost Stories

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Ghost Stories(ゆうれい の はなし)

   The Woman of the Snow(ゆき おんな)
   A Dead Secret(し の ひみつ)
   The Faceless Ghost(むじな)

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ゆきかり で  部屋へや の なか に

おんな が  えた。

 ゆきかり:the snow-light    部屋へや:room
 おんな:woman    える:see


He was awakened by a showering of snow in his face. The door of the hut had been forced open; and, by the snow-light (yuki-akari), he saw a woman in the room, - a woman all in white. She was bending above Mosaku, and blowing her breath upon him; - and her breath was like a bright white smoke.




The Princess Kaguya

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The Princess Kaguya
かぐや ひめ
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
たけ とり ものがたり


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彼女かのじょ は

たけ から うまれた。

 彼女かのじょ:she  たけ:bamboo  うまれる:be born

One day, while walking in the bamboo forest, an old, childless bamboo cutter came across a mysterious, shining stalk of bamboo. After cutting it open, he found inside it an infant the size of his thumb. He rejoiced to find such a beautiful girl and took her home. He and his wife raised her as their own child and named her Kaguya-hime. (The Princess Kaguya



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