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Fri, 20 Mar 2009
THE MOON MAID KAGUYA, do enjoy the whole of this remarkable tale in the Storyteller at dreamland

THE MOON MAID

        It was towards the end of a dreary day's work. Old Miyakko, the bamboo cutter, was toiling on with his mind full of poverty and the coming winter. All at once he saw a silver light shining among the reeds. He bent down and saw a little girl about four inches long. She was alive, and glowed like a diamond.
     
       The old man gathered the little creature up and ran home, with a pounding heart.
He was so afraid his wife wouldn't let him keep the child! But she too, fell in love with the tiny, helpless thing. They christened her Kaguya, and we had better call her that for the English version is  'Precious-Slender-Bamboo-of-the-Field-of-Autumn.'

        Now every time the old man went to work he found gold among the reeds, and in a few days he was a very rich man. Meanwhile Kaguya grew at an amazing rate. In three months' time she was quite grown up, and so beautiful that it made the heart stand still to look at her. She was as graceful as an emperor's daughter, and as gentle as a child. The old bamboo cutter loved her devote
dly.
       Very soon the tale of Lady Kaguya's beauty drew a crowd of
suitors to the house, but she begged her father to tell them all she would never marry, and she wished to live in retirement with her parents.
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