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A Story From: Japan
Read Time: ["3 to 5mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs.

A boy saves 400 villagers from a sudden tsunami. True story.
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The story, "Yuuki & the Tidal Wave" is retold by Elaine Lindy from the story, "A Living God" from the book Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Fair East, by Lafcadio Hearn (Houghton, Miflin and Company, New York), pp. 16-26.

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This story is retold from a Japanese legend. The village was in the district of Arita in the province of Kishu, and the period was long before the era of Meiji. In the original story the grandfather, whose name was Hamaguchi Gohei, was the one who burned the rice fields and thus saved over 400 villagers from a tidal wave. His 10-year-old grandson, Tada, accompanied him. In at least one retelling of this story in Reader's Digest, the boy was featured as the hero of the tale. In Japanese, the name "Yuuki" represents bravery.