This story is from Japan.
Once upon a time, there was a boy whose name was TARO URASHIMA.
He lived with his parents in a small town.
One day, a few bad boys persecuted a turtle on a beach, and Urashima saved the turtle.
The turtle took him to the castle in the sea, which was a very beautiful palace.
There were a very beautiful princess and her servants.
It was comfortable for him to spend time there with them, so he spent a few days.
A few days later, he wanted to come back to his town.
When he came back, the princess gave him the casket.
He returned to his town from the palace, and the landscape of his town, was changed completely.
The reason is that a very long time had passed actually, when he was in the palace for a few days.
He was at a loss, and he opened the casket.
Suddenly, it came up a white smoke toward him; finally, he became an old man quickly.
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Friday, September 01, 2006
Posted by CESL at 1:32 PM