「花見酒/The Drunk Sake Salesmen」
花見酒/The Drunk Sake Salesmen
It is Hanami Season and many people are enjoying picnics under the cherry trees.
A man sees his old friend near a park and goes up to talk to him.
Are you free this afternoon?”
Do you want to have a picnic?”
“No, I have a better idea.
We can sell sake at this park.
There are no restaurants here, so If we sell sake, many people will buy it.”
“That’s a great idea.
We can be rich.
But do you have money to buy sake?”
“No, I only have 30 yen.
But I can ask the owner of the sake shop near my house to give us some sake.
I’ll tell him about my plan.
We can pay him back when we get rich.”
“Ah, you are a genius.”
Taka and Goro go to the sake shop.
The owner likes the idea and gives them a barrel of sake to sell.
“Now, let’s go to the park.
We can sell one cup of sake for 30 yen.”
The two men tie the barrel to a wooden pole put it on their shoulders and start walking to the park.
“Ah, the sake smells so good.
I should taste it.
I want to see if it’s good enough for our customers.
I’ll pay you 30 yen for one cup of sake.”
Taka gives his 30 yen to Goro.
“Umm, it tastes as good as its smells.
The customers will love this sake.”
“Hey, let me try it, too.
I’ll give you 30 yen.
This is wonderful.”
After drinking the sake, they continue walking.
After a while, they stop again.
“Carrying sake is hard work.
I need some sake.
It will give me more energy.
Here is 30 yen.”
Here’s the money.”
The two men continue walking but they stop many times to drink sake.
Each time, they pay each other with the same three coins.
Soon, they arrived at the park.
“Finally, we’re here.
Hey, we have a customer.”
Could I have a cup of sake?”
Let me get some for you.
I think we’re out of sake today.”
“But you just got here.
I don’t believe this.”
“There is no sake left.
So maybe we should count the money we made.”
Taka looks in his wallet but there are only three ten yen coins.
“Hey, why is there only 30 yen?
Didn’t we pay for our sake?”
“Yeah, we did.
But we paid each other using the same three coins, remember?”
So that means we enjoyed all that sake for just 30 yen?
Taka, you really are a genius!”