「王子の狐/Tricking a Fox」
王子の狐/Tricking a Fox
A man named Kuma and his friend are talking near a shrine.
“Hey Kuma, I was here the other day and I saw some botamochi rice cakes in the middle of the street.”
“Yeah, they looked really good so I picked them up to eat but, they were actually horse droppings.”
“I think a kitsune fox played a trick on me.
They do that all the time.”
A few days later, Kuma walks by the shrine again.
He sees a fox behind a tree.
Then the next moment, the fox changes into a woman.
I don’t want to be tricked so I will play a trick on her before she plays a trick on me.”
Kuma goes to talk to the fox woman.
He acts like an old friend.
Kuma from elementary school.”
“Oh Kuma-chan, long time no see.
Why don’t we have lunch together?”
Kuma and the fox woman go to a tempura restaurant.
They eat and drink a lot.
Soon the woman falls asleep.
Kuma talks to the server.
When my friend wakes up, tell her to pay for us.
After about an hour.
“I had a good rest.
Where is he?”
“Your friend left about an hour ago.
So would you like to pay now?”
What do you mean?
“The gentlemen said that you would pay.”
He said that?”
The woman is so angry that she changes back into a fox.
People in the restaurant throw their wooden sandals at her.
The fox is hurt.
But she finally gets home.
At Kuma’s house, Kuma is telling his friend about the fox.
The friend says,
“Ah, Kuma, If you do something bad to a fox, she will do something bad to you.”
“Yeah, you should go and tell her you are sorry.
Take a present, too.”
The next day, Kuma buys some botamochi rice cakes and goes back to the shrine.
He sees a baby fox and talks to him.
“Hello, I think I met your mother the other day.
I was not nice to her and I’m very sorry.
I brought some rice cakes.
Please enjoy them with your mother.”
The baby fox goes to his mother.
“Mommy, I just met a man outside.
He said he was very sorry about the other day.”
He came here?
“He gave us these rice cakes.
Ah, they look so good.
May I eat one?”
“No no, my dear.
He is a bad man.
Those rice cakes might be horse droppings.”