A farmer has many children, who are all hard-working, except for his youngest, who is small and weak and only interested in drawing pictures of cats. He decides his son is not cut out to be a farmer, and sends him to a temple to study with a priest. The boy spends all his time drawing cats rather than studying, so the priest tells him he's better suited to being an artist and should return home. As he sends him on his way, the priest warns the boy: "Avoid large places at night. Keep to the small."
Ashamed of being dismissed, the boy decides not to return to his father's farm. He travels to another temple in the hopes he can ask for a night's shelter, not realizing all the priests living there have long-ago been driven away by a giant goblin-rat. When the boy arrives, he finds the place deserted and decides to draw cats on the walls. As he begins to feel tired, he remembers the old priest's words and climbs inside a little cabinet to go to sleep.
During the night he hears horrible sounds of screaming and fighting. When morning comes and he finally climbs out, he discovers the corpse of the goblin-rat. As he wonders what could have killed it, he notices that all his cats now have blood on their mouths. He is hailed as a hero for defeating the monster, and grows up to be a famous artist - one who only draws cats. _________________
Posted: 2016-07-29, 15:44 Post subject: Shakuhachi cartoon
Hi, AndrewJilin-san Thanks for your interesting cartoon. I enjoyed it. The boy is very good at drawing cat as the famous Japanese painter Seshu雪舟 painted a mouse with his tear. The story is very good. And your shakuhachi playing is cool, too. Thaks a lot. _________________ I run Shakuhachi-playing-study-group(尺八吹奏研究会）. I have been studying the shakuhachi and published a text book [尺八吹奏法Ⅱ］. I wish to share with pleasure of playing the shakuhachi with all of the ESS members.