Thursday, March 18, 2021


    I went to Taga Elementary School a week ago to participate in a year-end storytelling volunteer program. I chose ”Hare of Inaba (Japanese myth)". It is a story from Japanese oldest book "Kojiki", and several people rewrote the story for children. I read one by Tani Shinsuke.
    When I was 4 or 5 years old, I had a bed-time story from my grandmother. She was born in 1883 (Meiji 16) and a school teacher for a long time as her career. She told the stories by heart and didn't read from a book at that time. Among her stories I still remember is "Hare of Inaba". I wish I could listen to her storytelling now. I remember the scenes of the story which I was imagining in my bed while I was listening to my grandma's telling.
    At school, I tried to read the story so that each character came out clearly. While I was reading, I felt that second grader kids were focusing on listening to me and it encouraged me very much.
    By the way, I had no recollection about a cattail which appeared in the story and made hare's skin inflammation heal. I think it is amazing that even in such old days (712 AD) they knew how to treat skin inflammation through use of pollen from cattails.