January 28, 2019
A king was given a peach from the gods, to make him live 9,000 years.
while the peach was being brought to him, a man grabbed it and took a bite.
the king was worried that he would not live 9,000 years
he ate the rest of the peach.
he was killed in a battle at his castle the very next year.
the morale is that even eternal life can not keep you from being killed.
January 15, 2019
A girl had a beautiful fish that brought joy to everyone’s heart. There city was getting a new emperor, and her parents were worried he would take her fish, so they offered to hide it. She declined the offer, and said the emperor needed joy brought to his heart. When the emperor came he did come, he did not take her fish but she offered it to him anyway. He was happy to have joy brought to his heart. They put it in a lake, so everyone could see it.
January 10, 2019
There was an embroiderer who went to town to buy rice but found a painting she decided to buy. She loved it, and her son suggested she embroider it. When she was done, it was blown away by the wind and her son went to go get it. A man told him to cross the sea of fire and the sea of ice, he did and got to where the painting was. He took the painting from the women with it, and went to return it to his mother. When he arrived home, another wind blew the picture, and turned there home into it.
January 10, 2019
A girl’s friend who is a dragon gives her a warning, and then she grows up and has a child. While her child is having birth, and dies, she remembers the warning. She waits for the lion’s eyes to turn red, and people tease her. The eyes turn red, and she goes out to an island in a rowboat. She picks up the metal rod and throws it out to sea, and goes back to the mainland. She decides to raise her only child high on a mountain with nobody else.
January 4, 2019
Courtesy of Bill Baccus NPS Photo
after reading up to chapter seventeen, I now know that Amah was kidnapped by the emperor’s men and was taken to his dungeon. Pinmei wants to get her back, and Yishan agrees to help her. They want to go to the City of Bright Moonlight, where they think they can find Luminus stone there. It is snowing outside, and they travel on a snowy road through mountains. After their first day of traveling, they spend the night at a friendly couple’s house, and leave in the morning. As they are walking, a woman rides by them on a majestic white horse, but she falls off soon after passing them. They go to help her get up, and she tells them her name is Lady Meng, and she too, is going to the City of Bright Moonlight. They walk by a lake, and she instructs Yishan to break the ice. She fishes in the water with a pair of chopsticks, and takes out an oyster. She throws it up into the air, and it transforms into a swallow. She tells the swallow to lead them to the City of Bright Moonlight.