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Blogging From A To Z Challenge: Frog

Today’s Letter Is F

Welcome to the A To Z Blogging Challenge for the month of April. I’ve not participated in anything like this before but thought it might be fun. I’ve decided to go with a “theme”. My theme is Japanese. I currently live in Japan and I thought it would be interesting to pick a word and  ”teach” it to you in Japanese.

Frog In Japanese Is: Kaeru

Japanese Symbol For Frog: 蛙

I love frogs..can you tell?? Apparently the Japanese do as well. They see frogs as a lucky charm and often carry them around, especially when traveling. Many Japanese who travel to Las-Vegas tend to carry the frog charms around hoping they fall into good luck! If anyone gets lucky winning by doing so, let me know!

I admire and love reading Japanese folklore and tales and I found a very simple one that I’d like to share with you all! Enjoy.

The Two Frogs

Once upon a time in the country of Japan there lived two frogs, one of whom made his home in a ditch near the town of Osaka, on the sea coast, while the other dwelt in a clear little stream which ran through the city of Kyoto. At such a great distance apart, they had never even heard of each other; but, funnily enough, the idea came into both their heads at once that they should like to see a little of the world, and the frog who lived at Kyoto wanted to visit Osaka, and the frog who lived at Osaka wished to go to Kyoto, where the great Mikado had his palace.

So one fine morning in the spring they both set out along the road that led from Kyoto to Osaka, one from one end and the other from the other. The journey was more tiring than they expected, for they did not know much about traveling, and halfway between the two towns there arose a mountain which had to be climbed. It took them a long time and a great many hops to reach the top, but there they were at last, and what was the surprise of each to see another frog before him!

They looked at each other for a moment without speaking, and then fell into conversation, explaining the cause of their meeting so far from their homes. It was delightful to find that they both felt the same wish–to learn a little more of their native country–and as there was no sort of hurry they stretched themselves out in a cool, damp place, and agreed that they would have a good rest before they parted to go their ways.

“What a pity we are not bigger,” said the Osaka frog; “for then we could see both towns from here, and tell if it is worth our while going on.”

“Oh, that is easily managed,” returned the Kyoto frog. “We have only got to stand up on our hind legs, and hold onto each other, and then we can each look at the town he is traveling to.”

This idea pleased the Osaka frog so much that he at once jumped up and put his front paws on the shoulder of his friend, who had risen also. There they both stood, stretching themselves as high as they could, and holding each other tightly, so that they might not fall down. The Kyoto frog turned his nose towards Osaka, and the Osaka frog turned his nose towards Kyoto; but the foolish things forgot that when they stood up their great eyes lay in the backs of their heads, and that though their noses might point to the places to which they wanted to go, their eyes beheld the places from which they had come.

“Dear me!” cried the Osaka frog, “Kyoto is exactly like Osaka. It is certainly not worth such a long journey. I shall go home!”

“If I had had any idea that Osaka was only a copy of Kyoto I should never have traveled all this way,” exclaimed the frog from Kyoto, and as he spoke he took his hands from his friend’s shoulders, and they both fell down on the grass. Then they took a polite farewell of each other, and set off for home again, and to the end of their lives they believed that Osaka and Kyoto, which are as different to look at as two towns can be, were as alike as two peas.

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6 Responses to Blogging From A To Z Challenge: Frog

  1. Nice story…great moral here.

  2. I remember reading this story when I was young, RoseAnn. I’m wondering where your love for frogs stems from and do you like the real ones. They scare the hell out of me!
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    • Hi Corinne,

      I have loved frogs for a very long time…but I think my obsession started about 15 years ago, maybe longer than that. I do love real frogs and had them as “pets” growing up! I collect from stuff from charms, to necklaces and gummy frog candies,lol. My friend & fellow blogger Bee (Empress Bee) made me a nice bracelet and she made charms for the dogs. I have nicknacks of frogs, figurines. I have all kinds of stuff in my craft room, even a Buddah Frog my brother gave me years ago. I also have candles. My collection is substantial really,lol. Anything to do with frogs I love. I like to find unique items such as cake pans, cookie cutters and such but have yet to find something like that. Whew…I could go on and on about my frog stuff,haha! I think they are gentle creatures.
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  3. As a writer of the funnier end of fantasy, frogs are always useful, mostly as something to turn characters into, but occasionally as a way to make sure that all magic in a particular fantasy world has a theme.
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  4. I had never heard this tale before and truly enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing, RoseAnn. :)
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