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KAMI

NCGISHI, TOKYO,

The Wonderful TeaKetBo*
A

LONG

long

time

ago,

at

the temple

of Morinji,

in

the province of Kotsuke there lived
*

an old priest
This old priest was very fond of
the ceremonial preparing and drink-

ing

of tea

known

as

Chanoyu;

indeed,

it

was
in

his
life

chief
to

interest

and
this

pleasure

conduct

ceremony.
to find in a

One day he chanced

second hand shop a very nice looking old tea-kettle, which he bought

and

took

home with him,
its fine

highly
artistic

pleased by

shape and

appearance.

Next day he brought out
purchase, and sat
for

his

new
time

a

long
side

turning

it

round on

this
it.

and

on

that,

and admiring
are

a You
that's

a

regular
are,"

Beauty,
said,

what you

he

"I

shall

invite all

my

friends

to

the

Chanoyu, and how astonished they
will
site

be at finding
kettle as this!"

such

an exqui-

He

placed his treasure on the top
it

of a box where he could see

to

the best advantage, and sat admir-

ing

it

and planning how he should
After

invite his guests.

a

while

he

became drowsy and began to
last
fell

nod, and at

forward, his

head on

his desk, fast asleep.

Then a wonderful
took
to

transformation

place.

The

tea-kettle

began

move.

From

its

spout appeared

a hairy head, at the other side out

came a
feet
fine

fine

bushy

tail,

next, four

made themselves
fur

visible,

while

seemed gradually to cover

the surface of the kettle.

At
it

last,

jumping
capering

off

the

box,

began
for
all

about

the

room

the world just like a badger.

Three young novices who
at

were

study in

the

next room heard
of

the noise,

and,

when one

them
doors,

peeped

through the
his

sliding

what was

astonishment to see
feet,

the tea-kettle on four

dancing

up and down the room!

He

cried

out
!

Oh
The

!

what

a
is

horrible thing

tea-kettle

changed into a badger!"

"What!"

said the second novice,
1
1

Do
into

you mean
is

to say that

the

tea-kettle

turned
1

a

badger

What
So

nonsense!"

saying,

he

pushed his

companion

to

one side and
in,

peeped
rified

but he also was

screamed. by what he saw and

"It's a goblin!
let

It's

coming

at us,

us run away!"

The

third

novice

was

not

so

easily frightened.

"Come,
he,

this is

rather

ftin,"

said

how
be

the

creature does jump,

to

sure!
let

I

will

rouse

the

master and

him

see too."

So he went into
the

room and shook

the priest, crying.

Wake

!

Master,

Wake

!

A

strange

thing has happened."

What's the matter?"

said

the

old man, drowsily rubbing his eyes

"what a noisy fellow!" Anyone would he noisy when
such
a
strange

thing

as

this

is

going on

Only

look

master,
is

your

tea-kettle

has got feet and

running about."

"What! What! What! What's
that
again.

you

say!"

asked
kettle

the

priest

The
this!

got
see!"

feet!

What's

Let

me

But by the time

the

old

man

was thoroughly roused the tea-kettle

had turned into

its

ordinary shape,
its

and stood quietly on

box

again.

"What

foolish

young fellows you
"There stands
?

are!" said the priest

a kettle on the top of a box surely
there
is

nothing

very

strange

in

that

No, no, I have heard of the

rolling-pin that

grew a

pair of wings

and

flew away, but, long as I have

lived,

never
p

have

I

heard

before

of a
its

tea-kettle
feet.

walking
will

about

on

own

You
M

never make

me

believe that.

But
a
little

for all that,

the
his

priest

was
and
all

uneasy

in

mind,
incident

kept

thinking

of the

that day.

When

evening came, and

he was alone in his room, he took

down
it

the kettle,

filled

with water, and

set it

upon the
boil,

embers to

intending to

make some

tea.

But, as

soon as the water began to boil

Hot!

Hot!" cried the
off the
fire.

kettle,

and

jumped

"Help!
terrified

Help!" cried the

priest*

out of his wits.

But when

the novices rushed to his

at once help, the kettle

resumed

its

natural form;

so,

one of them,

seiz-

ing a stick cried.

"We'll
it's

soon
or

find

out

whether

alive
it

not,"

and began beat-

ing

with might and main.
life

There

was evidently no

in the thing,

and only

a

metalic

clang!

clang!

responded to his
lusty blows.

Then the

old priest

heartily re-

pented having bought the mischievous tea-kettle, and was debating in
his rid

own mind how he
of
it,

should get

when who should drop

in but the tinker!"

Here's the very man," thought
the priest.

A bargain
was soon

r

struck,

the tinker bought the tea-kettle for

a few coppers,

and carried

it

home>

well pleased with his purchace.

Before
another
still

going
look at

to
it,

bed

he

took
it

and
had

found
at

better

than

he

first

thought, so

he went to sleep that

night in the best
of spirits.

In the midst
of a

pleasant
tin-

dream the
ker

suddenly
up,

started

thinking he

heard somebody moving in the room,

but when he opened

his

eyes and

looked about, he could see nobody.
It said
over,

was only a dream, I suppose,
to

1*

he

himself,

as

he

turned

and went

to sleep again.

But he was disturbed once more
by some one calling
"Tinker! Tin-

ker! Get up! Get up!"

This
awake,

time

he
lo

sprang up,

wide
there head,

and

and

behold,

was the
tail,

tea-kettle

with the
of a

feet

and

fur

badge*,

strutting

up and down the room!
the

Goblin! Goblin!" shrieked
tinker.

But the

tea-kettle

laughed

and

said.

"Don't
Tinker.

be
I

frightened,

my

dear only

am

not a goblin,

a wonderful
is

tea-kettle.

My
I

name
will

Bumbuku-Chagamcty and

bring
treats

good

luck

to

anyone

who
I

me
like

well;
to

but
set

of course,

don't

be

on the
sticks,

fire,

and

then

beaten
to

with
at

as

happened
yesterday."

me up

the

temple

r
How
asked
the

can I please you, then!"
tinker.

"Shall

I

keep

you in a box!"

Oh!
kettle,
eat,

no, no," answered the tealike

I

nice

sweet things to
little

and sometimes a

wine to

drink, just like yourself.

Will you

keep

me

me?

your house and feed And, as I would not be a
in
will

burden upon you, I
you in any way you

work

for

like."

To

this

the tinker agreed.

Next
good
spoke

morning
for

he

provided
9

a

feast

umbuku who then

I

certainly

am

a

wonderful

and accomplished
advice
is

tea-kettle,

and

my

that

you take

me round

the country as a show with accom-

paniments of singing and music."

The

tinker thinking well
i

of this advice, at once start-

ed a show

f+H

^

which

named the

BumbukuThe lucky tea-kettle at once made the affair a
for

success,

not

only
legs,

did

he

walk

about
the
all

on four
tight

but

he

danced
through

rope,

and went

kinds of
perform-

acrobatic
ances, end-

ing

by

i making

a

profound

bow

to

the

spectators,

and

begging for
patronage*
3*

their future

The feme

of these

performances

soon spread abroad, and the theatre

was

filled daily to overflowing, until,

at length even

the

princes

of the

land sent to order
his

the
to

tinker and

kettle

to

come

them,

and

the show would take place, to the
great delight of the princesses and
ladies of the court.

At

last

the tinker

grew

so rich

that he

retired

from business, and
kettle
also
to

wishing his
be at
with
to
rest,

faithful
it

he took

back, together
of his

a

large

share

wealth,

the

Temple of

Morinji,

where

it

was

laid

up

as
say,

a

precious

trea-

sure,

and some

even worshipped

as a saint

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