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The bracken's kindness

Iwate Prefecture's folk tale

Once upon a time, there was a big snake taking a nap,

unfortunately, a bud of grass sprouted out and pierced through its body

The snake was awake

"Oh well, what a good nap!

Well, let's find a frog for lunch. "

The snake said and tried to go forward, but because of the bud of grass, it could not move.

"What? What's wrong?"

It looked at its body and finally knew that it was pierced by a bud of grass.

"Oh,no! That's too bad."

The snake tried to move, but no matter how hard it tried,

its body could not get out of that grass.

"What can I do? If I don't move this way, I'll starve and die."

When the snake tended to lose hope, from under its belly, a cute bracken came out.

Seeing the snake being in trouble, the bracken said:

"Mr. Snake, Mr. Snake, I will lift your body, so just try to hold on."

then it lifted the snake's body little by little.

Right after that, from its body

the bud of grass was taken out.

The rescued snake was overjoyed.

"Thank you, little bracken. Thank you very much."

The snake showed its deep gratitude to the bracken.

And whenever snake attacks human, they will say:

"Snake, snake

Take a nap in the lawn

Did you forget the bracken's kindness?

If you attack, I will catch all the brackens."

When hearing this invocation, the snake remembers how the bracken helped it and goes away.

The end.

大きな

おおきな

big government

なか

inside, in, among, within, center (centre), middle

出す

だす

to take out, to get out, to put out, to reveal, to show, to submit (e.g. thesis), to turn in

order, item (of a budget revision, etc.), counter for go pieces, counter for surrounded positions (in go)

寝る

ねる

to lie down, to go to bed, to lie in bed, to sleep (lying down)

ご飯

ごはん

cooked rice, meal

まえ

ago, before (some event), previously, (minutes) to (the hour), in front (of), before (e.g. the house), head (of a line), front (e.g. of a bus), fore p...

からだ

body, physique, posture, shape, form, style, substance, identity, reality

見る

みる

to see, to look, to watch, to view, to observe, to look over, to look on, to assess, to examine, to judge, to look after, to keep an eye on, to take c...

困る

こまる

to be troubled, to be worried, to be bothered, to be embarrassed, to be stumped

lower reaches (of a river), bottom, lower part, lower half (of the body, esp. the privates), feces (faeces), urine, menses

出る

でる

to leave, to exit, to go out, to come out, to get out, to leave (on a journey), to depart, to start out, to set out, to move forward

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

ありがとう

ありがとう

Thank you, Thanks

全部

ぜんぶ

all, entire, whole, altogether

取る

とる

to apportion, to share

みち

road, way, Buddhist teachings

むかし

olden days, former

さき

previous, prior, former, some time ago, preceding, point (e.g. pencil), tip, end, nozzle, head (of a line), front

食べる

たべる

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

進む

すすむ

to advance, to go forward, to precede, to go ahead (of), to make progress, to improve

おかしい

おかしい

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

自分

じぶん

self-centeredness, selfishness, egotism, egocentricity

頑張る

がんばる

to persevere, to persist, to keep at it, to hang on, to hold out, to do one's best, to insist that, to stick to (one's opinion), to remain in a place,...

あげる

あげる

to pick up (with chopsticks), to take

もう少し

もうすこし

a bit more, a bit longer

どんどん

どんどん

drumming (noise), rapidly, steadily

自由

じゆう

punishment by imprisonment or curtailment of liberties

本当に

ほんとうに

truly

もらう

もらう

to receive, to take, to accept, to get somebody to do something

忘れる

わすれる

to forget to say, to forget to mention

噛む

かむ

to chew (strongly)

くれる

くれる

to be lost in thought

おん

(received) favor, kindness or blessing (favour)

けん

prefecture (of Japan), county (of China)

こと

nominalizing suffix, pretending to ..., playing make-believe ...

つち

soil (esp. reddish soil)

sprout

鋭い

するどい

sharp, pointed, trenchant

しまう

しまう

to finish, to stop, to end, to put an end to, to bring to a close, to close (a business, etc.), to close down, to shut down, to shut up, to put away,...

やがて

やがて

In due time

覚ます

さます

to awaken, to disabuse, to sober up

お昼

おひる

noon

そこで

そこで

there

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

大変

たいへん

very, dreadful

尻尾

しっぽ

tail (animal)

抜ける

ぬける

to come out, to fall out, to be omitted, to be missing, to escape, to come loose, to fade, to discolour, to wear a hole (e.g. clothes)

お腹

おなか

full up, to have had enough of something (both good and bad nuance)

辺り

あたり

on the bank of, by the side of (e.g. a river, pond), (in the) neighbourhood, neighborhood, vicinity, nearby, around (Sunday, last year, etc...)

持ち上げる

もちあげる

lift

我慢

がまん

patience, endurance, perseverance, tolerance, self-control, self-denial

だい

big, large

喜び

よろこび

premature joy, short-lived elation

大切

たいせつ

carefully, with caution, with great care

そして

そして

and

人間

にんげん

human being, person, man, mankind, humankind, character (of a person)

はたけ

ground squirrel (esp. the Daurian ground squirrel, Spermophilus dauricus)

助ける

たすける

help, rescue, save, promote, spare, abet, give relief, reinforce

もしも

もしも

emergency, accident, rare possibility, unexpected occurrence

思い出す

おもいだす

to recall, to remember, to recollect

開ける

あける

to open (a door, etc.), to unwrap (e.g. parcel, package), to unlock, to open (for business, etc.), to empty, to remove, to make space, to make room

昼寝

ひるね

nap (afternoon), siesta

不運

ふうん

misfortune, bad luck, ill luck, ill fortune, bad break, tough luck, mischance

尖る

とがる

to taper to a point, to become sharp, to look displeased, to look sour, to be on edge, to be touchy

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...

漸く

ようやく

finally, at last, barely, narrowly, hardly, only just, gradually, little by little, by degrees

バタバタ

ばたばた

flapping, rattling (sound), noisily, clattering noise, commotion, kerfuffle

こうして

こうして

thus, in this way

身体

しんたい

physical ability

貫く

つらぬく

to pierce

恰度

ちょうど

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

可愛い

かわいい

cute, adorable, charming, lovely, pretty, dear, precious, darling, pet, cute little, tiny

突き刺さる

つきささる

Pierce

其れから

それから

come on, hurry up, chop chop, yeah, that's right, exactly

襲う

おそう

to attack, to assail, to make an assault, to strike, to hunt down, to succeed (someone in a post, role, etc.), to make a sudden visit

唱える

となえる

to raise an objection, to voice an opinion different from those of others

Easy

わらびの恩

Romaji: Warabi no on

Translation: PiPop

Easy

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