Translation Brad Land
Once upon a time, in the cold, cold northern lands…
there lived an old logger named Shigesaku, and his son, Onokichi.
Every year, when the mountains became white snow, they would take their rifle and go hunting.
One day, while they were out, vicious clouds rolled in and they found themselves in the middle of a blizzard.
Fortunately, they were able to find a small hut.
“We have no choice but to spend the night here.”
They were both tired, and while listening to the crackling of the fire, soon fell asleep.
The hut’s door, pushed by the strong wind, was slammed opened…
and in an instant the fire was put out.
“Brrr…. It’s cold!”
The chill awoke Onokichi, and it was then that he saw the figure of a person.
From the darkness emerged a young and beautiful woman.
“You are the Snow Woman!”
As the frost reached his face, his body slowly became paler and paler.
The old man died peacefully in his sleep.
The Snow Woman was now moving toward Onokichi.
“Please, spare me.”
“You are young, and full of life.
He awoke the next morning to find his dead father, lying beside him, frozen.
on a very rainy day, there was a young woman standing in front of Onokichi’s house.
“You are soaking wet!.”
She said her name was Oyuki.
Onokichi and Oyuki were married, and blessed with beautiful children. They had a very happy life.
The only problem was that Oyuki couldn’t stand hot days. She would collapse in the heat.
But with the help of her tender and caring husband, life went on as normal.
One day, as Onokichi was watching his wife do needlework, he was reminded of that day, long ago.
“Oyuki, once before I have met a woman of your beauty.
You look just like her.
Oyuki became noticeably sad. She said to her husband…
“I have always feared that you would one day break our promise.”
I will never forget you.
Please take care of our children.
A cold wind opened the door with a slam.
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