When I was very little, the fisherman saved my life, and put me back in the sea. Now I am large enough to carry him on my back, into my world.

Behold, Urashimataro, the palace of the sea god! If you are astonished by the beauty of the glittering walls, wait until you see the inner halls that blaze with the light of millions of fish scales. Better still, wait until you see my mistress, the princess of the deep!

The Sea Turtle in Urashimataro, Pink Fairy Book. Illustration by Ogata Gekko.

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