One night, a man is in his house.
Then suddenly someone knocks on his door.
“Sir, it’s me.
The Tanuki raccoon dog from this afternoon.
You helped me get away from the children in the park.
They were going to eat me.”
They wanted to eat Tanuki stew.
How can I help you?”
“I want to thank you for saving me.
I want to help you with something, anything.”
“Umm, let me see.
Ah, Tanuki raccoon dogs can change into different things, right?”
“Yes, but it has to be something that I know.”
“Then, can you turn into a 10,000 yen bill?
I ordered a lot of sake from the shop but I have no money to pay for it.
The sake shop owner is coming to collect the money tomorrow morning.”
“Ah, I see.
I can turn into a 10,000 yen bill but after a little while, I will turn back into a Tanuki.”
“That won’t be a problem.
You can turn back into Tanuki after I paid the sake shop owner.”
Then, when should I become the 10,000 yen bill?”
“Do it tomorrow morning.”
The next morning, the Tanuki changes into a 10,000 yen bill but…
“Hey, why is there a picture of your face on the bill?
And why is there a tail?
Can you look like a real 10,000 yen bill?”
It looks real.”
“You were turning me around many times, so I feel sick.”
Now let me put you in my wallet.”
“Now, what happened?”
“There isn’t much space here.
“Shhhh, can you wait a little longer?
The sake shop owner will be here soon.”
I’ve come to collect money for the sake you ordered.”
How much will that be?”
“Here is 10,000 yen.
You can keep the change.”
With that, the sake shop owner leaves.
After about an hour, the Tanuki comes back to the man’s house.
“Oh, you are back already.
How was it?”
“It was terrible.
He didn’t believe you had 10,000 yen so to check if your money was real, he turned me around and around.
I thought really sick.”
“After that, he put me inside a coin purse.
It was so small.
I had to bite a hole in it to escape.”
“Well, I’m glad you are OK.”
“Oh, and I brought you a present.”
What is it?”
“It’s a real 10,000 yen bill.”
“Wow, you are a wonderful Tanuki.
I can buy more sake!”