| Once upon a time, long ago, in Fukushima's Aizu region, lived two strange goblins,
one by the name of Long Legs and the other called Long Arms.
Long Legs was a skinny sort who had a very loud voice and some
wildly long lower appendages that stretched hint all the way to the sky.
He was able to cross the expanse of the Aizu basin in one step, his legs
were so long. It is said that he would stand with one foot on the top of
Mount Bandai and the other on top of Hakase Mountain and gather
clouds with his arms, which dar-kened the sky of the Aizu area.
Like Long Legs, Long Arms had some extremely lanky limbs. He
would often stick his arms in Lake Inawashiro and then shake the water
from them, causing heavy rain to fall throughout Aizu. These two monsters
seemed to do nothing but cause stormy weather, and were happy in
their nefarious activities. Whenever the sun began to shine and the farming
people of Aizu grew happy, Long ,Arms and Long Legs would go to
work. Long Arms would shake rain from his limbs while Long Legs
would cloud up the skies and blow typhoon-like winds, causing the collapse
of many a tree, house, and bridge.
The people of Aizu were so frightefied of these creatures they
shouldn't work the fields and grow the rice they needed to survive, a
troubling matter to say the least. But there was nothing they could do about
their sorly state.
Then one day, a ragged looking monk passed through the area and noticed the
long faces of the Aizu people. He asked what the problem was, and told the farmers
"I'll catch Long Arms and Long Legs for you somehow." And then, against the
farmer's protests that fighting such po-werful monsters was useless. the monk
set off on his task to subdue the beasts by climbing to the top of Mount Bandai.
He called out "Hey ... Long Legs ... Long Arms... I hear you think you can do
anything, is that really true ?" Then,from above his head, came the insane
laughter of the goblins "You foolish monk. You doubt our power?
There is nothing we can't do" was the monsters' reply. "Is that right?
So why don't you prove it by doing something difficult?"
the holy man shot back. "Are you trying to make fools of us ? Name one thing we
can not do" bellowed one of the grisly pair. "You're so big, I bet you can't get yourselves
into this little jar.
this sound is cry of
cicada and crow.
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