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Japanese Monkey (Part2), and Pheasant related stories

Monkey in Japan -"Monkey" by Kansetsu Hashimoto (1940)- Image from GATAG Although “saru” is a general word for monkeys, I guess most of Japanese would think it refers to Nihon-zaru, Japanese monkey. It has fluffy coat, red face and red butt.…

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Monkey -Part 1- “Saru Kani Gassen”

Monkey in a nursery tale The most famous tale of monkey is “Saru Kani Gassen” (The Battle Between A Monkey And Crabs). Saru is Japanese for monkeys, Kani is crab. Gassen is battle, pronounced as “Kassen” when it’s used as one word, Gassen when it’s a part of a word like “Yuki-gassen” (Snowball Battle).…

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