う: うらしまたろう

16 Nov

When I was taking a drama class in college, we were all assigned to write a play made for children. I chose to do mine about うらしまたろう(浦島太郎)! Urashimataro is a Japanese folktale about a young boy who rescues a turtle and in return is invited to a palace under the sea. You can read/listen to the story in Japanese here.  I went on to teach second grade, and decided to actually direct the play I had written for our end-of-the-year production! We practiced and practiced and the show turned out to be adorable.

Anyway… just a long intro as to why I love Urashimataro! I think Japanese folk tales are awesome, even though they often have interesting endings (I guess similar to the original Grimm’s fairy tales).

Here is a YouTube video of Urashimataro byまんが日本昔ばなし:

Urashima Taro coloring page here.

What do you think? どうおもう?

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