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Warriors of Old Japan and Other Stories

Yei Theodora Ozaki

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . hardly believe his sight; he had never seen anything so strange in his whole life; he rubbed his eyes, thinking he must be dreaming, and looked and looked again. There sure enough was a tiny man, no bigger than one foot five inches high, sitting gracefully on a round straw mat.

Filled with wonder, Tametomo walked to the edge of the sand, and as the little creature floated nearer on an incoming wave he said: "Who are you?"

"I am the microbe of small-pox," answered the stranger pigmy.

"And why, may I ask, do you come to this island?" inquired Tametomo.

"I have never been here before, so I came partly for sight-seeing and partly with the desire to seize hold of the inhabitants—" answered the little creature.

Before he could finish his sentence Tametomo said angrily: "You spirit of hateful pestilence! Silence, I say! I am no other than Chinsei Hachiro Tametomo! Get out of my presence at once and take yourself far from this. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Confuses several ways. Alternate versions of history recorded for same person. May win, lose, die, live long. Pardon if names hard to recall. Name can change as he "comes of age". Even Lady Ayame is also called Lady Iris. Names break down into rank, family. Same pictographs are different in Chinese.