Introducing a Japanese Fairy Tale "The Grateful Crane"

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Once upon a time, an old man found a crane trapped in a snowy field. He set him free and once again was able to fly again. Let's find out what the crane did to show gratefulness to the old man....

The old man and the crane

Once upon a time there lived an old man and a woman in a village.
One snowy cold day, the old man went to town to get firewood. On his way home to the village, he heard a cry somewhere in the snowy field. He looked around to see where the sound is coming from and he saw something moving. He went closer and to his surprise a crane was trapped in the snowy field. The man said "Oh... poor you...let me help you" taking out the trap from its foot. After that, the old man rubbed the crane gently and set him free. "You can go now "Then, the crane flew away towards the mountain.
The old man headed home and told his wife about the incident.

Unexpected visitor

As they were talking about the incident, they heard a knock. "knock,knock,knock". The old man got up to his feet and went to the door saying " Who is it? A woman answered, " Excuse me, I came to this village to visit a friend but because of the heavy snowfall, I lost my way". The old man opened the door and saw a beautiful young lady at the doorstep who looked very cold. The old man said " It's cold outside, why don't you get into the house." and the woman followed the old man. The man led the young lady to the fireplace and his wife offered her hot tea to warm herself and told her to stay there just for that night because of the heavy snow and it's already dark. The old man spoke " We are just poor and don't have a good place but if you could be patient with the least we can offer you, please spend this night with us.The young lady thanked them and decided to spend that night in their place.
The next day and the following day, the snow did not stop from falling more heavily so the young lady had to spend the days with them.
While she was in the house of the couple, she did everything as a sign of gratitude for their kindness to her, like helping in cleaning the house, cooking food for them, and giving the couple a massage on their shoulders with her gentle hands before they go to bed.
The couple were very much delighted with her kind heart and sense of gratitude and since they have no child they wished that they can have her as their daughter. They told the young lady what they feel about her and they were surprised when she said " I want to be your daughter too. "
The young lady became their daughter and they lived together as one family.

Together as one family

One day the young lady told them that she wants to weave a fine textile. She asked her father to buy her thread. The father bought thread and when he gave it to her, she asked them to promise to never go inside her room while she is weaving. The couple promised and she soon started to weave. Early in the morning till late in the evening she stayed in her room and they can only hear the sound of her weaving.
After three days, the sound stopped and she came out with a roll of beautifully woven cloth. They were amazed of the beauty of the woven cloth. They had never seen such a beautiful fabric like that. She told her parents that the cloth is called crane cloth, then she asked her father to take the cloth the next day to the market in town to sell it and buy her more thread.
The next morning the old man went to the market and shouted "Fine crane textile, fine crane textile, the finest in town" A rich man came and bought the textile in a high price. From the money that he gained from the fine textile, the old man bought thread and things for their daily needs and went back home happily. When he reached home, he told the young lady that the beautifully woven fabric was sold in a high price and he handed her the thread.

Oh...to their surprise !!!!

The young lady started to weave again, from morning till late evening. The couple became curious on how she could weave such a beautiful fabric. Their curiosity became stronger day by day and they forgot what they had promised their daughter. They opened the door of her room slightly and peeped inside her room and to their surprise, the saw a crane weaving using its bill, picked its feathers, mixed them with the thread and almost used them all up. After seeing that, the couple hastily closed the door and left her silently. After a while, the young lady came out of her room with a finely woven fabric on her hand and said " Father, Mother, I asked you to never look inside my room while I'm weaving but you did not keep your promise. Father, I'm the crane you had helped in the cold snowy field. As a sign of gratitude, I came to your place to help you but since you had seen already my true figure, I have no choice except to leave.

Goodbye....

Before I go, I want to thank you for your kindness. I would never forget you..... goodbye...." and as she opened her arms she turned to become a crane, a crane who had lost almost all her feathers ......and she flew away......
The crane left the beautiful fabric to them. After that the man and the woman lived happily ever after.





Credit to storytimeyoga.com for the "old man and crane" illustration.
Credit also to Lydia Yan for the other illustrations.
Thank you.

It's my first time to write a fairy tale...I hope you like it...

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Crane, Crane Lady, Entertainment, Fairy Tales, Gratefulness, Short Story For Kids

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author avatar Buzz
9th Apr 2012 (#)

You've been wonderful, Ate, with your articles. I don't doubt why you have a STAR page again.

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author avatar mistyleaf
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Brod.

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author avatar Val Mills
9th Apr 2012 (#)

This is a beautiful and sad story, I really enjoyed it.

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author avatar mistyleaf
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Val.

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author avatar mistyleaf
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Johnny.

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author avatar avery sandiego
19th Apr 2012 (#)

ah I see, nice story...I love the illustrations.

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author avatar mistyleaf
19th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Avery.

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author avatar BlueJean
19th Apr 2012 (#)

Mistyleaf,

I like your fairytale very much! Keep writing! Love the pictures too. Jean :-)

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author avatar mistyleaf
19th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Jean.

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author avatar Jojay
20th Apr 2012 (#)

What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing. The pictures are incredible.

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author avatar mistyleaf
21st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you for your comment Jojay.

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