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The wife who doesn't eat anything

Folktale of Gunma prefecture

Once upon a time, there was a very mean man living in a village

He always said. "Oh,

I wish I could marry a girl who works hard but doesn't eat anything at all."

Of course, there will be no one like that. But one day, a girl comes to visit his house,

"I am the girl who works hard but eating nothing.

So, please marry me."

She told him.

The man heard that, he got so excited and decide to marry her.

His wife is very good at working.

And she doesn't eat anything at all.

"Working hard but eating nothing, she is really a good wife." The man thought.

But, one day, he noticed that the number of rice bran in the house was decreasing.

"Oh?

That's so strange.

My wife definitely doesn't eat them." He thought.

But he still asked his wife about that.

And she replied

"I'm sorry. I don't know."

It was so strange that the next morning the man pretended to go to work and hid behind the ceiling of the house and watched.

And he found out that his wife came out from their storehouse with a bowl of rice, then she carried a pot and started cooking rice.

After that, she prepared a bowl of salt, made rice balls one after one and arranged them in a stack like a mountain.

おとこ

son

住む

すむ

to live in hiding, to live as a recluse

言う

いう

to say, to utter, to declare, to name, to call, to go (e.g. 'the alarm went ping'), to make a noise

仕事

しごと

work, job, business, occupation, employment, vocation, task, work

ご飯

ごはん

cooked rice, meal

ひと

person

とき、じ

hour, o'clock, (specified) time, when ..., during ...

いち

one

おんな

gallant woman

いえ

's house, 's home

来る

くる

next (e.g. 'next April'), forthcoming, coming, to come, to arrive, to be due to

わたし

I, me, you (used toward people of equal or lower status)

御飯

ごはん

cooked rice, meal

聞く

きく

to hear, to listen (e.g. to music), to ask, to enquire, to query

働く

はたらく

to work hard, to toil, to moil, to keep one's nose to the grindstone, to slug away

少ない

すくない

few, a little, scarce, insufficient, seldom

つぎ

next, hypo- (i.e. containing an element with low valence), order, sequence, time, times

あさ

morning

持つ

もつ

to share

大きな

おおきな

big government

えん

salt (i.e. sodium chloride), common salt, table salt, salt (e.g. sodium chloride, calcium sulfate, etc.), hardship, toil, trouble

作る

つくる

to make, to produce, to manufacture, to build, to construct, to prepare (food), to brew (alcohol), to raise, to grow, to cultivate, to train

やま

mountain, hill, mine (e.g. coal mine), heap, pile

むかし

olden days, former

いつも

いつも

as always, as ever

良い

いい

moderate, proper, just right

食べる

たべる

to eat, to live on (e.g. a salary), to live off, to subsist on

嫁さん

よめさん

Bride

欲しい

ほしい

as much as one wants, as many as one wants, all that one wishes for

そんな

そんな

therefore, for that reason, such being the case

訪ねる

たずねる

to visit

くださる

くださる

to give, to confer, to bestow, to kindly do for one, to oblige, to favour, to favor

本当に

ほんとうに

truly

気がつく

きがつく

to notice, to become aware, to perceive, to realize, to realise, to be scrupulous, to be attentive, to recover consciousness, to come to oneself

おかしい

おかしい

humorous, humourous, funny, amusing, laughable, hilarious, comical, jocular

へん

strange, odd, peculiar, weird, curious, queer, eccentric, funny, suspicious, fishy, unexpected, change

あげる

あげる

to pick up (with chopsticks), to take

用意

ようい

preparation, arrangements, provision, getting ready, laying out (e.g. a meal)

食う

くう

to eat, to live, to make a living, to survive, to bite, to sting (as insects do)

けん

prefecture (of Japan), county (of China)

よめ

daughter-in-law and mother-in-law (relationship, conflict, etc.)

だい

big, large

喜び

よろこび

premature joy, short-lived elation

そして

そして

and

全く

まったく

really, truly, entirely, completely, wholly, perfectly, indeed, good grief (expression of exasperation)

ところが

ところが

character of a particular place

day of month, counter for days

こめ

(husked grains of) rice, 88 years old

知る

しる

to be aware of, to know, to be conscious of, to cognize, to cognise, to notice, to feel, to understand, to comprehend, to grasp

あんまり

あんまり

remainder, rest, balance, remains, scraps, residue, remnant, not very (with negative sentence), not much, surplus, excess, fullness, too much

隠れる

かくれる

to hide, to be hidden, to conceal oneself, to disappear

すると

すると

and, thereupon, hereupon

たび

degree (angle, temperature, scale, etc.), counter for occurrences and times, strength (of alcohol)

次々

つぎつぎ

in succession, one by one

よう

Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms., makes words more polite (usu. in fixed expressions), state, situation, appearance

女房

にょうぼう

wife

ところ

press, print shop, printing office

ばかり

ばかり

torsion balance

行く

いく

to go, to move (in a direction or towards a specific location), to head (towards), to be transported (towards), to reach, to proceed, to take place, t...

担ぐ

かつぐ

to be superstitious, to believe in omens

炊く

たく

to cook (grains, e.g. rice), to boil, to simmer, to stew, to seethe

迚も

とても

very, awfully, exceedingly, (not) at all, by no means, simply (cannot)

取りあえず

とりあえず

For the time being

いいえ

no, nay, well, er, why

天井

てんじょう

suspended ceiling

Easy

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Romaji: Kuwazu nyoubou

Translation: PiPop

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