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Poison mizuame candy (水飴の毒)

This is a popular story in Japan and can easily be found online in a variety of forms by searching the title (水飴の毒) or 一休ばなし (Ikkyū banashi). The smart apprentice in these kinds of stories is generally named Ikkyū, and you can find several master vs. apprentice type verbal gags by searching 一休ばなし. Once upon… Continue reading Poison mizuame candy (水飴の毒)

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Sweet red beans (和尚さんのお代わり)

The English version below is based on the popular Japanese tale 和尚さんのお代わり, similar versions about amazake (a sweet, rice wine) or other foods are also told. Long ago there lived a young apprentice and a stingy master in a Buddhist temple. One day the master asked the apprentice to make some boiled sweet red beans… Continue reading Sweet red beans (和尚さんのお代わり)