07. Old Stories of Japan



日本のなつかしい昔話(むかしばなし)を易しい英語で読んでみましょう。 誰もが知っている内容なので、辞書なしで理解することができますが、念のために、日本語訳も付いています。 お楽しみください。 お読みになりたい項目をクリックしてください。
 


* 1.
The Crane Lady(鶴の恩返し)
Long, long ago, there lived an old man and his wife in a village. They were very poor but very kind. One cold snowy day the old man went to the town to sell the woods. On his way back home he saw something moving in a snow-field.

* 2. The Peach Boy
(桃太郎)
Long, long ago, there lived an old man and his old wife in a village. He went to the mountain to gather woods. She went to the river to wash clothes, when a big peach came floating down the river. 

* 3. The Old Man who made Cherry Trees Blossom (花咲じじい) 
Long, long ago, there lived a kind old man and his wife in a mountain hamlet. One day when he was working in the field, a puppy ran to him for help, run after by a jealous old man. 

* 4. The One Inch Boy (一寸法師) 
Long, long ago, there lived an old man and his wife in a village. They had no children, so they had prayed and asked God for a baby every day. "God, please give us a baby. Even if it is an inch baby, that's okay."

* 5. 
The Golden Boy 
(金太郎)

Long, long ago, in a mountain called 'Mt. Ashigara' there lived a young boy called 'Kintaro (Golden Boy)' and his mother. His father had been a samurai, a warrior in the Capital but he was caught and killed in a battle. 


* 6. The Click-Clack Mountain (カチカチ山)

Long, long ago, there lived a kind old man and his old wife in a village. A crafty raccoon lived in the mountain and annoyed them with much mischief. The old man could bear no more and decided to catch him. 


* 7. Urashima Taro (浦島太郎)

Long, long ago, there lived a kind and romantic fisherman called "Urashima Taro". One day, when he took a walk along the beach, he saved a turtle which had been being tormented by the village children. 



 
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