Its called Crane Gives Back? Whatever. Anyway, so theres this one winter in Japan like in the countryside. Theres this like single young guy and hes like living all alone, you know? And hes like hunting in the uh, winter forest. And then he saw a crane, and it was trapped and it was bleeding. And the crane was white, and the blood was red, and the snow was white. And then, so he set it free and it flew away. And a couple of weeks later, um, hes like in his room or in his house and he hears a knock on the door. And he goes there, and its like this beautiful woman in like a white kimono and shes like Oh, I want to be your wife. And hes like Oh ok whatever. Well Im sure he was happy but it sounds weird right now. And then so um theyre like really happy together. And then I think one day shes like Oh I wanna help you. I wanna work. Do you have a um, like a cloth-maker you know? Oh, but you can never peek inside the room when Im making the cloth. And hes like Uh, weird. Ok whatever. And then so uh, shes like spending days and days inside. She spends like two days inside, right? Like straight and shes like clockety-clock. And then, she comes out and she has this most beautiful piece of kimono cloth ever. Its like sparkly and its like really cool right? And hes like Oh damn you know? And then so he goes to the town and he sells it for a really high price and everyones like Oh, I want one but he only has that one right? So he goes back and hes like Oh, can you make some more? And shes like Ok ok. And then that happens over and over and each time it takes longer and longer like five days a week straight inside there. And then, um uh, shes like more and more tired each time. Shes like brain-dead almost. And then one day, hes like Oh I wonder what the secret is. And then he like peeks inside when shes making it. And its like the crane and shes picking out her own feathers to make the cloth and shes all bleeding and stuff. And like, shes like sacrificing her feathers right? And then, like, the crane sees the guy. And shes like really startled so then she flies away and then shes never to be seen again. She said something along the lines of like, she tells him why she came. Cause she owed him her life and wanted to give her life to him. I heard this story when I was little. I think this storys values are giving back. Oh and save lives. Oh and do what youre told. And keep a promise. Keep it.
I think its interesting that, perhaps its because Kazuma grew up in California, his slang made the performance of this fairy tale seem less touching than it should be. Nevertheless, I agree with Kazuma that this fairy tale reflects values of gratitude and keeping promises. The man had saved the cranes life so she wanted to thank him by sacrificing her feathers to make beautiful kimonos for him to sell. The man did not keep his promise and had peeked inside the room to see how she made those beautiful kimonos, which exposed her true identity. As a result, she left him and he lost a wonderful wife.