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JAPANESE FOLKTALE SERIES
"HANASAKA-JIJII"

Once upon a time, there was an honest old man, who took good care of a dog. One day,
the dog said to the old man, "Follow me, sir." The old man, following the dog, went into a
mountain. The dog barked, "Dig here, bowwow." As he dug the ground, treasures came
out one after another. A greedy old man living next to him happened to watch the whole
scene. He later borrowed the dog and went up there.
He dug the place suggested by the dog. There came out snakes, frogs and centipedes
the old man didn't like at all. At last, he killed the dog.
The honest old man planted a sapling in honor of the dog. As the tree grew up, he
made a mortar. While grinding wheat into flour with the mortar, there once again came out
treasures.
When the greedy old man moved the mortar, there once again c,ame out the things he
didn't like at all. Being irritate, he committed it to the flames.
Given the ashes, the honest old man sprayed them over withered trees, wh ich came
into flower. He was highly praised by the lord of his district and was given prizes.
When the greedy old man sprayed ashes, however, the trees did not come into bloom.
Instead, some of the ashes flew into the eyes of the lord, and the greedy old man was put
on the carpet.
This is a fable that man shouldn't ape others.

— Text from Ministry of Posts and Communications

 

(A)
Date of issue:November 20,1973
Denomination: 3 kinds of 20 yen
Design: "Hanasaka-jijii"
Size of impression: 35.5mm x 25mm
Printing process:photogravure
Sheet composition: 20 (4x5) stamps
Designer: Kenkichi SUGIMOTO
Arranged by:Saburo WATANABE
(B) (C)

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