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r" GRIFFITH FARRAW & Co., LONDON A 




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||| LONG time ago there was a 

white mouse called Kane- 



mochi, servant of Daikoku, tlie 
God of Wealth. His wife's name 
was Onaga. Both Kanemochi and 



his wife were very discreet. Never 
in the day time nor even at night 
did they venture into the parlor 
or kitchen, and so they lived in 
tranquility free from danger of 
meeting the cat. Their only son 
Fukutaro also was of a gentle 
disposition. When he was old 
enough to take a wife, his parents 
concluded to get him one, transfer 
their property to him, and seek 
retirement. Fortunately, one of 
their relatives named Chudayu had 



a lovely daughter called Hatsuka. 
Accordingly a go-between 
was employed 
to enter into 
negotiations 



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with 

Chudayu 
respecting 
the 







marriage. 

When the young folks 

were allowed to see each other, 

neither party objected, and so 

presents were exchanged. 




The bridegroom sent the bride 
the usual articles: 



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' x 





an obi or belt, silk cotton, 
dried bonito, dried cuttle fish, 
white flax, sea-weed, and sake 
or rice wine. The bride sent 
the bridegroom in like manner: 



a linen kami-shimo, dried bonito, 
dried cuttle-fish, white flax, 
sea-weed, fish, and sake; 
thus confirming the marriage 
promise. 

A lucky day was then chosen, 
and every thing prepared for 
the bride's removal to her new 
home, her clothes were cut out 
and made, and needed articles 
purchased. So Chudayu was 
kept busy preparing for the 
wedding. 




The parents made their 
daughter Hatsuka blacken her 
teeth as a sign that she would 
not marry a second husband; 
they also carefully taught her 



that she must obey her husband, 
be dutiful to her father-in-law, 
and love her mother-in-law. 
Kanemochi on his part cleaned 
up his house inside and out, 
made preparation for the marriage 
ceremony and feast, assembled his 
relatives and friends, and sent out 
many of his servants to meet the 
bride on her way, and to give 
notice of her approach, that 
all might be prepared for her 
reception. 




Soon the bride , ; ^ 

came 

in her pal- 
anquin with her 
boxes carried before her> 
and a long train 
of 




attendants 
following her. 



Kanemochi went out as far as 
the gate to meet her, and ushered 
her into the parlor. 

At a signal from the go-between 
the bride and bridegroom, to 
confirm the marriage bond, ex- 
changed between themselves three 
cups of sake, 
drinking 
three times 
from 

each cup 
in turns. 




When this ceremony, 
the " three times three" 
was ended, the guests 
exchanged cups with 




the bride in 
token of good 
will, and thus 
the union 
was consum- 
mated. 




Shortly afterwards the bride, 
her husband, and his parents 
visited her home. In the evening 
the bride returned home with 
her husband and his parents with 
whom she lived in harmony, 
contented, prosperous and happy, 
and much to be congratulated. 




The Kobunsha'a 
Japanese Fairy Tale Series. 



1. Momotaro or Little Peachling. 

2. The Tongue Cut Sparrow. 

3. The Battle of the Monkey and 

the Crab. v 

4. The Old Man whV made the 

Dead Trees Blossom. 

5. Kachi-Kuchi Mountain. 

6. The Mouse's Wedding. 

7. The Old Man and the Devila. 
a Uroshima, the Fisher-Boy. 

9. The Eight-Headed Serpent. 

10. The Mateuyaroa Mirror. 

11. The Hare of Inaba. 

12. The Cub's Triumph. 

13. The Silly Jelly-Fish. 

14. The Princes, Fire-flash and 

Fire-fade. 

15. My Lord Bag-O'-Rice. 

16. The Wooden Bovrl.