Kato, you're in Japan enjoying the fire festival, aren't you?
Yes, I am in Gyoda---my birthplace---right now, but the festival was held in last spring.
So you missed it, huh?
Unfortunately, I didn't see it myself, but a friend of mine showed me the above video.
How come you didn't take part in the festival?
Well... I wasn't in Gyoda at the time. The fire festival is held in May every year. I usually take a pre-Christmas vacation in October or November to visit my mother and brothers.
I see... Tell me about the couple in the video. They seem to wear old Japanese costumes.
Yes, they do... The festival is about Konohanasakuya-hime and her husband.
Who is Konohanasakuya-hime?
She is a famous character in Japanese mythology.
I see... Quite interesting... But, Kato, how come you're telling me about this festival?
Diane, have you ever heard that the Japanese emperor was believed to be a living god before the second world war?
Yes, I have. But I can hardly believe that.
Anyway, according to the mythology, the third son or Hoori is supposed to be the ancestor of the current emperor.
Kato, do you believe that?
No, I don't, but my mother used to believe it before the second world war.
If you've got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■"Happy New Year"
■"Merange & Sabina"
■"Beauty in Spa"
■"Love @ e-reading"
■"Love & Loyalty"
■"Amazing Two-legged Pooch"
■"Life with Music"
■"Biker Babe & Granny"
■"Heaven with Mochi"
■"Travel Expense Scandal"
■Happy Gal in Canada
■Roof of Vancouver
■Better Off Without Senate
Hi, I'm June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched "The Arabian Nights" or "One Thousand and One Nights" as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in "the Arabian Nights" were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 - 小百合物語』