There was a wandering ballad-singer who came to a great house in Yedo where they wished to be entertained.
The young man, Ito Tatewaki, was returning homeward after a journey which he had taken to the city of Kioto. He made his way alone and on foot,
There was an old bamboo cutter called Také Tori. He was an honest old man, very poor and hard-working, and he lived with his good old wife in a cottage on the hills.
In the early days there lived a good old couple. All their lives long they had been honest and hard-working, but they had always been poor.
This is the tale of Sakura-ko, Flower of the Cherry, who was the beautiful dancer of Yedo. She was a geisha, born a samurai’s daughter,
Idé the samurai was wedded to a fair wife and had an only child, a boy called Fugiwaka. Idé was a mighty man of war, and as often as not he was away from home upon the business of his liege lord.
Once upon a time there was an old man who lived all alone. And there was an old woman who lived all alone.
Once there lived two brothers who were princes in the land. The elder brother was a hunter.
A long, long time ago there lived in a quiet spot a young man and his wife. They had one child, a little daughter, whom they both loved with all their hearts.