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Yabu no Naka (藪の中; In a Grove)

by meikyuubutterfly

“In a Grove” (藪の中, Yabu no Naka) is a short story by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, first appearing in the January 1922 edition of the Japanese literature monthly Shinchō. Kurosawa Akira used this story as the basis for his award-winning movie Rashōmon (1950). (quote:wikipedia)

The plot for both the short story and film opens with a rainstorm at a gatehouse where a nameless Woodcutter and a traeveling Buddhist telling the story of what they saw to a ribald Commoner, about the murder of a man in a grove and the trials of several witnesses: the Priest (the same monk), a Bounty Hunter (Homen) who has captured The bandit Tajomaru who was involved, the mother of the missing woman named Wakasa, The Samurai’s wife Masago, and the dead Samurai Takehiro’s ghost through a Medium.

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Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

by meikyuubutterfly

                                               Princess Kaguya

a.k.a. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Taketori Monogatari; 竹取物語) and/or The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari; かぐや姫の物語).

Long, long ago in Japan, there lived a poor woodsman. One day, he was cutting bamboo in a grove when he came upon one stalk of bamboo glowing a bright, golden color. Finding this mysterious, he approached it for a closer look.

To his amazement, inside the bamboo was an adorable, tiny little girl. Since the old man and his wife had no children of their own, he decided to bring the child home with him, where he and his wife raised her with love and care. They decided to name her Kaguya Hime. From that time forward, whenever the woodsman went back to work in the grove, gold coins would come pouring out from the bamboo he cut. As a result, the old couple became wealthy.

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How to fold a Paper Balloon

by meikyuubutterfly

Origami balloon finished    Another wonderful entry! Sorry I can’t post picture steps, my computer can be very gay    with me sometimes if you know what I mean. Update: Now we have penguins!

I’ll tell you a little story - once upon a time when my Aunt first made one of these, I ate it. :O


1) First fold the square shaped paper in half.

2) Fold in half again, right to left.

3) Spread out the top flap from the inside and fold by pressing down. Turn over.

4) Swing the right hand edge to the left.

5) Spread out from the inside and fold by pressing down.

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