#11 Mukashi banashi

Exhibition Overview

I've always wanted to be like Momotarou, who had many friends and going to an adventure to flight with a monster. I wanted to capture the wonderful moment they had – with both fear and excitement. I wanted to draw a different type of monster rather than traditional Oni(japanese monster). I hope viewer could enjoy the little twist of a story, and their wonderful journeys.

 

Noel Cho

is an illustrator lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. After getting her degree from School of Visual Arts in Illustration on 2009, she has been working as freelance illustrator. With her love for line drawings, her work has been appeared in galleries, magazines, toys, and iPad Apps. 

Website http://noelcho.com

 

Art Direction : Yoko Furusho

Illustration : Noel Cho

Produce : Hitoshi Sagaseki

Long time ago, two brothers were living in a village. While the elder brother was rich, the younger one was so poor that he couldn’t buy food to prepare for New Year’s Day. But the older brother refused to give any food to him.One day, the younger brother 

met an old man with a long white beard on his way home. Feeling pity to this miserable man, the old man gave a little wheat to him, and told him to take it to a shrine where a many little people go in and out of a hole. Based on the advice, the young man went to the shrine to help these little people to carry stuff. He was much bigger than them, and it could easily helped their work. "What a big, strong man he is

 

Long time ago, two brothers were living in a village. While the elder brother was rich, the younger one was so poor that he couldn’t buy food to prepare for New Year’s Day. But the older brother refused to give any food to him.One day, the younger brother 

met an old man with a long white beard on his way home. Feeling pity to this miserable man, the old man gave a little wheat to him, and told him to take it to a shrine where a many little people go in and out of a hole. Based on the advice, the young man went to the shrine to help these little people to carry stuff. He was much bigger than them, and it could easily helped their work. "What a big, strong man he is  they all exclaimed, and looked up to discover the wheat in his hand. "Please, let us have that" they begged. They brought out a lot of gold and piled it up in front of him. Although he was attracted to these treasures, he asked them to trade the wheat with a stone hand-mill since he had been warned by the old man only to exchange the wheat with the mill. "Even among us, there is not another treasure like this mill, but we will give it to you" they said. "Turn the mill to the right, and anything you want will come out. Turn it to the left, and it will

stop" they explained. He took it back home carefully. Setting the little hand-mill down on the mat, he began turning the little mill and said, "Come forth, rice! Come forth, rice! "Over a peck of rice came pouring out. Next, he ordered salmon to come out, and two or three salmon came flopping out. Then one after another, he drew out all kinds of things he needed. On the next morning, he and his wife prepared food for a big celebration of the New Year with his neighbors and relatives. Even the elder brother, who had refused to give out food, was invited. "How can he have become so rich a man in only one night the brother wondered. The older brother spied the young brother to get a clue of it. At the end of the party, the young brother secretly turned the hand-mill to get cakes for his guests. "Come forth, cakes. Come forth, cakes" he said. "Ah, now I understand. It's that hand-mill" said the elder brother. That night, after all the guests had gone home, the older brother sneaked into a younger brother's house while he fell asleep to steal this mill.The elder brother planned to go to an island to lead a rich life, and sailed to the ocean in a small boat with the precious mill and some sweets. After leaving the shore, he noticed that he forgot to bring something

salty, and recklessly began turning the mill. "Come forth, salt. Come forth, salt" he said and salt came pouring out. Soon the boat was full of salt, but he did not know how to stop the mill. The salt kept on running out until at last, from the weight of the salt, the boat, the elder brother and the stolen hand-mill and everything went sinking into the sea. The handmill is still grinding out salt at the bottom of the sea. That is why the sea water is salty.

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The Crane Wife Once upon a time, a poor man was living high in a mountain. One day, he found a crane that had an arrow in its wing. "Stop, don't move. I'll help you" He nursed the crane back to health and eventually the crane flew away. A few days later, there was a sound of knocking on his door at night. "Who is visiting me?" He opened the door to find a beautiful, young woman. "Excuse me, but I got lost, and do you mind letting me stay here?" asked the woman. He kindly accepted her offer saying "It's very cold night. I'm poor and don't have good bed cloth, but please stay here"

Next morning, the woman cooked breakfast and also did house works for him. She realized he was single, and told him. "Thank you very much for letting me stay last night. It seems you are single, and would you marry me?" He said "Yeswithout hesitation.

​​​They were poor but lived happily. His wife suggested that she could help by weaving cloth to sell. Her one request was that he was never able to enter her workroom while she was weaving. She produced exquisite silk fabric for him to sell in town. He was worried about her since she kept waiving for three days without eating. Curiosity overcame him. "A little, only a little." He opened the door to find a grotesque sight. There, plucking its own feathers to place them on the loom, was a crane. "My husband, I'll never forget your kindness. I am the crane you helped on that cold day. I came here to help you, but had my figure seen. I can't stay here any longer. I must say goodbye to you. Thank you very much"The crane flew away toward a mountain.

One day in a mountain, there was a monkey carrying a hard persimmon seed and a crab having a rice ball in its claw. The monkey was very hungry, and begged the crab to trade the rice ball with the seed. The crab thought it an unfair trade and refused. But the clever monkey said to the crab, "Once you eat the rice ball it will be gone forever, but if you plant the persimmon seed, it will grow into a tree and bear a never-ending supply of fruit" The crab was persuaded, and the monkey chuckled at the good bargain that he had made. The crab got home, and planted the persimmon seed in his garden. It grew to be a big tree, and most of the persimmons had ripened bright red. The crab was going to pluck it, but had no means of climbing the tree. She asked the monkey to bring some persimmons down to her. "Sure!" said the monkey, but instead, he grabbed a hard, and unripe fruit and threw it down at the crab cracking her shell, which finally led to the death. The crab's children cried so much that a bee, a chestnut, seaweed and a stone mortar got together and agreed to help the baby crabs get revenge on the cruel monkey.Having agreed upon a scheme, they all went to the monkey's house in his absence, and they secretly waited for their enemy to come home. In the evening, the monkey was so tired that as soon as he came home, he plopped down next to the fire. The chestnut burst up with the heat from the ashes, scalding the monkey's nose. "Oh! What an unlucky beast I am!"The monkey ran into the kitchen to get water howling with pain. When he dunked his face in the tub to ease his pain, the bee jumped out of it, and stung him in the face. "Ouch! Ouch!" The monkey finally tried to make his escape from the back door, but just as he got through the door - way, the seaweed tripped him up, and the stone mortar dropped from the roof of the porch. When the monkey was groaning with pain, out came the crab's children, and pinched the monkey's neck, which made an end of him.

Once upon a time, there lived a wealthy mouse family. Their only daughter was a good-natured young mouse. Her father and mother were very proud of her, and wanted her to marry the most wonderful person in the world. One day, the father mouse said to the mother mouse, "Mr. Sun must be the best person in the world because he shines over us and gives us light" The father mouse and the mother mouse asked Mr. Sun, "Mr. Sun, you are the greatest person in the world. Would you mind marrying our precious daughter?" But Mr. Sun answered, "Well, the greatest person in the world must be Mr. Cloud because I am easily hidden away by him" "Oh, I see" said the father. They went on to see Mr. Cloud and asked him. "Mr. Cloud, you are the greatest man in the world. Please marry our daughter? "Oh no, I'm not the best man in the world. It's Mr. Wind because I'm blown me away by him! "Oh, I see? said the father. They went on to see Mr. Wind and asked him. "Mr. Wind, you are the greatest person in the world. We would like you to marry our daughter'Well, thank you, but there is someone who is greater than me! "Who is he?" It's Mr. Wall. However hard I blow, I can't blow him down t'oh, i see! said the father. Finally, they asked Mr. Wall. "Mr. Wall, please wed our daughter. We were told that you were the best man in the world” Mr. Wall answered surprisingly. "Well, you are quite mistaken. It is mice that is the most wonderful person because I'm easily eaten by them" "Oh, I see" said the father. "Wow, it never occurred to us. We are the greatest in the world!" The parents decided to make their daughter marry a handsome young mouse living nearby. Their daughter happily married the mouse, and the parents also led a happy life forever.