Tuesday, March 24, 2015

From Camellia Festival (part 2)

*Conch Shell and Local Folk Tale*
In old days "conch shell" ‘which has a loud sound’ was used to make communication between far places or to avoid the beast in mountains etc,; for example used by Buddhist monk. Conch Shell is called ‘法螺貝; Hora-gai, hora-shell’ in Japanese. We call a person who ‘talk tall’ or exaggerate thing “hora-fuki; hora-blower”

      There was a "Picture-Story Show" at Camellia Festival.
I found many children enjoying hearing this story about a man who had a big mouth.  It seems this story is connected with call for water’
A man who was a good swimmer saw a BIG snake in the water but people thought it was a 'tall story'.  After persistent drought, the river dried up. Then the long bone and a human's were found in the river. When people knew it was the braggart 'hora-fuki', they called out his name. Suddenly the blessed rain started to fall.

I was happy to see children were enjoying this picture story in this day and age. I couldn't find the English version of this story from pc. So my writing is really simple and short(^^;)  I wish you could understand what I wrote and had fun with the pictures.

Thank you so much for stopping by; I always appreciate your sweet visits;


  1. Thank you for sharing these, I sure would be enjoying each and everyone if I were there too. Enjoy your day!

  2. Loved the story and pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  3. nice to see simple ways of storytelling still in play today!

  4. Picture books are always fun for children...and for me. I'm a visual person, so like to have illustrations.

  5. Dear Miyako, what a fun story! I like the conch shell, it has patterns that look somewhat like the feather patterns of some ducks. How clever to make them into horns! I would like to hear them. Hugs from the PNW! Hannah

  6. I've seen the conch blown in Hawaii at one festival. It is good to know this story. I really enjoyed it.

  7. Wow! I don't think I've actually seen hora-gai being blown. It's so neat!
    It's very nice that they had kamishibai at the festival and that children enjoyed it! Beautiful illustrations. It's wonderful to see a good old simple entertainment in this age of technology :-)

    Happy birthday to your husband, Miyako san! Have a lovely day xoxo

  8. I loved the folk tale in pictures (and yes, it is lovely to know children can still enjoy those 'old-fashioned' pleasures).

    That's a beautiful conch-shell the man is playing. We would say for the person who talks too much and acts like he knows everything 'he is full of hot-air' . So that's pretty much the same (I'm sure there are people like that everywhere in the world; how interesting to think how similar the idioms are.)

  9. Miyako, adorei conhecer a história e ver as ilustrações...
    Beijos, tenha uma semana abençoada.

  10. Dearest Miyako,
    Lovely post with so much historical information again. Love those conch shells and “hora-fuki; hora-blower” for the one playing them. The other meaning for a big-mouth is quite to the point.
    The story telling for the kids looks really captivating.

  11. I enjoyed your post, interesting to learn about the conch - hora gai - i 'd love to hear it blown.
    And the picture story was fun.

    Greetings from New Zealand,