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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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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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