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HASEGAWA,
Negishi, Tokyo, Japan.

Kami

MOW0

WEOOJNG,

A
God

LONG

time ago there was a
called

white mouse
servant

Kane-

mochi,

of

Daikoku, the
wife's

of Wealth.

His

name

was Onaga. Both Kanemochi and

his wife

were very

discreet.

Never

in the

day time nor even at night

did they venture into the parlor
or kitchen, and so they lived in
tranquility
free
cat.

from danger

of

meeting the

Their only son
a
gentle

Fukutaro also was of
disposition.

When

he was old

enough

to take a wife, his parents

concluded to get him one, transfer
their property to

him, and

seek
of

retirement.
their relatives

Fortunately, one

named Chudayu had

Hatsuka. a lovely daughter called

Accordingly

a

go-between
to\

was employed
negotiations

enter into

with Chudayu
respecting

the marriage.
folks

When
to

the young
see

were allowed

each

other, neither party objected,

and

so presents were exchanged.

f
The bridegroom
sent the bride

the usual articles: an obi or belt,
silk

cotton,

dried

bonito,

dried

cuttle

fish,

white
or
rice

flax,

seaweed,

and

safe

wine.

The

bride sent the bridegroom in like

manner: a linen kami-shimo, dried
bonito,

dried

cuttle-fish,

white

j

flax,

sea-weed,

fish,

and

sdke\

thus

confirming

the

marriage

promise.

A
and
the

lucky day was then chosen,

every
bride's

thing

prepared

for

removal to her new

home, her clothes were cut out

and

made, and needed

articles

purchased.

So

Chudayu
for

was
the

kept

busy

preparing

wedding.

The
ter

parents

made

their

daughteeth

Hatsuka blacken her

as

a

sign

that

she

would
husband;
her

not
they

marry
also

a

second

carefully

taught

that she

must obey her husband,
to

be

dutiful

her

father-in-law,

and love her mother-in-law,

Kanemochi on
up
his

his part cleaned

house

inside

and

out,

made preparation
ceremony and
relatives

for the

marriage

feast,

assembled his

and

friends,

and sent out

many
bride
notice
all

of his servants to meet the

on her way, and
of

to

give
that

her

approach,

might

be

prepared

for

her

reception.

Soon

the

bride

came

in

her

palanquin

with her boxes carried

a long
train of at-

tendants following
her.

Kanemochi went out
as far as the

gate

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to

meet

her,

and ushered her into

the parlor.

At a

signal from the go-between

the bride and bridegroom, to confirm the marriage bond,

exchanged

between themselves three cups of
sake,

drinking three times from

mM

each cup in turns.

When

this

ceremony,
the "three

times three" was ended, the guests

exchanged
in token of

bride cups with the

good

will,

and thus

the union was consum-mated.

Shortly

afterwards

the
his

bride,

her

husband,

and

parents

visited her

home. In the evening
returned

the

bride

home

with

with her husband and his parents

whom

she

lived

in

harmony,

contented, prosperous

and happy,

and much

to

be congratulated.

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