Today we bring to you a delightful little story from Japan, about two frogs.
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One of the frogs lives in Osaka, while the other stays in Kyoto. One day, the decide to visit each other’s city. They do now know each other, of course, but when they meet half way on the top of a hill, they become friends. During the process of the conversation, they are curious to see each other’s city. What do they discover? Does the frog from Osaka like Kyoto? What about the frog from Kyoto?
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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. He lived on the sea coast, while the other dwelt in a clear little stream which ran through the city of Kyoto. They were at such a great distance apart, that 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. The frog who lived in Kyoto wanted to visit Osaka, and the frog who lived in Osaka wished to go to Kyoto, where the great Mikado or the Emperor 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 of the road, and the other from the other end. The journey was more tiring than they had expected, for they did not know much about traveling. 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 reached the summit at last, and do you know what happened next?
Each frog saw another frog before him!
[gaatha_contactspoiler title=”click to read the rest of the story” open=”no” style=”default” icon=”plus” anchor=”” class=””]They looked at each other for a moment without speaking, and then fell into conversation. Each explained the cause of their visit so far from their homes. It was delightful to find that they both felt the same wish–to learn a little more of the other’s native country. As neither was in any sort of hurry, they stretched themselves out in a cool, damp place. They both agreed to 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 there.”
“Oh, that is easily managed,” returned the Kyoto frog. “We would have to stand up on our hind legs, and hold onto each other his way, 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 then rose slowly.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 beings had forgotten one teeny weenie detail. When they stood up their, great eyes lay in the backs of their heads. This way, even though their noses might point to the places to which they wanted to go, their eyes could only see 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 would never have traveled all this way,” exclaimed the frog from Kyoto. As he spoke, he lost his balance and they both fell down on the grass. Then they took a polite farewell of each other, and set off for home again. Till 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 could be.[/gaatha_contactspoiler]
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