"One seed becomes a thousand seeds".
"One seed is one and I'll eat every one".
When the old man came back he found his wife dead. He was weeping when a hare came and asked him what the matter was and why he was so sad. The old man told him about the badger's wicked deed, and the hare said, "I'll get your revenge" and went to the mountains.
"Hares from Cracking Mountain are hares from Cracking Mountain.
Hares from Red Pepper Mountain are hares from Red Pepper Mountain.
I don't understand what you mean."
"Hares from Red Pepper Mountain are hares from Red Pepper Mountain.
Hares from Cedar Mountain are hares from Cedar Mountain.
I don't know who you are."
So they made the two boats, one out of wood and the other out of earth, and went on to the water. Not surprisingly, when they were in the middle of the river, Badger's boat began to fall apart. The badger, drowning, was shouting for help. But the hare looked at Badger blankly and said, "Just think of the poor old woman who died because of you", and paddled away.
|Translated and adapted from Japanese by Myriam Dartois||
Illustrated by Kaya Hieda |
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