A folklore from Japan, this story revolves around a junk collector who helps a Tanuki and what happens afterwards….
There are many versions of this story, here is one of the versions.,
Bunbuku Chagama roughly translated means ,”happiness bubbling over like a tea pot”
A Junk collector finds a girls wearing a red dress, being troubled in the market by other naughty boys. He decides to help her, the girl is actually a Tanuki with magical powers. She can transform in to anything in the blink of a second. Tanuki decides to return the favor of the junk collector and transforms in to a teapot. The juck seller finds the teapot and sells it to a monk in a monestary……. what happened next…?
When the monk put the teapot over a fire, the Tanuki could not tolerate the heat and was injured. He jumped out of the fire, shocking the monk. The angry monk returned the teapot to the junk collector who once again treated the injured Tanuki with kindness. Soon…..
Tanuki recovered soon and helped the junk collector by giving wonderful acrobat performances. the junk collector was soon very rich and lived luxuriously.
What followed the story was the craft we created…. Origami, the beautiful paper craft from Japan. Here is the gist of the session.
We Have Done It…….