urashima taro

Yamamoto Hōsui (1850-1906)

Urashima Tarō is a Japanese legend about a fisherman who rescues a turtle and is rewarded for this with a visit to the palace of Ryūjin, the Dragon God, under the sea. He stays there for three days and, upon his return to his village, finds himself 300 years in the future.

@hynpos myth event day 11: favorite japanese deity


“Urashima Taro, it gives me the highest pleasure to welcome you to my father’s kingdom,” said the Princess. “Yesterday you set free a tortoise, and I have sent for you to thank you for saving my life, for I was that tortoise. Now if you like you shall live here forever in the land of eternal youth, where summer never dies and where sorrow never comes, and I will be your bride if you will, and we will live together happily forever afterwards!”

Fairy Tale Meme:

8 Heroes - [Urashima Taro]

“Have you ever seen Rin Gin, the Palace of the Dragon King of the Sea, Urashima?”

The fisherman shook his head and replied; “No; year after year the sea has been my home, but though I have often heard of the Dragon King’s realm under the sea I have never yet set eyes on that wonderful place. It must be very far away, if it exists at all!”

“Is that really so? You have never seen the Sea King’s Palace? Then you have missed seeing one of the most wonderful sights in the whole universe. It is far away at the bottom of the sea, but if I take you there we shall soon reach the place. If you would like to see the Sea King’s land I will be your guide.”

Overheard at Teitan Elementary [2]
  • Genta: Explain yourself, Conan!
  • Ayumi: Conan-kun!
  • Conan: Oi, what's wrong, lot?
  • Mitsuhiko: Wakasa-sensei asked us to find the photos of Teitan Elementary Alumnis!
  • Conan: ...and?
  • Genta: That's the pic of the Kudo Shinichi guy...
  • Ayumi: Who graduated 10 years ago...
  • Mitsuhiko: And he looks just like you, Conan-kun! How is this possible?
  • Conan: ...just a coincidence?
  • Genta: Don't play games with us!
  • Conan: O-okay, it's simple, guys! He's a grandchild of the uncle of the nephew of the daughter of my mother's grandfather's brother!
  • Haibara: Edogawa-kun's family is extremely complicated.
  • Conan: Shutup.
  • Mitsuhiko: Please, be serious, Conan-kun! We all know that you are...
  • (at once)
  • Ayumi: Urashima Taro!
  • Genta: An alien!
  • Mitsuhiko: A time traveler!
  • ...
  • Genta: What are you talking about, guys! He's surely an alien! I saw stuff like that on TV! He infiltrated us and borrowed that Kudo Shinichi's form!
  • Ayumi: Genta-kun, that's silly!
  • Mitsuhiko: Besides, why would he borrow Kudo Shinichi's child form?
  • Genta: Who knows those aliens...
  • Conan: Oi...
  • Ayumi: Conan-kun is Urashima Taro! He traveled on big mr. Turtle's back to the Sea Dragon Palace, and when he came back 10 years passed!
  • Mitsuhiko: But Urashima Taro is a hero of the legend...
  • Genta: Sea Dragon? Is it like eel?
  • Ayumi: Genta-kun!
  • Mitsuhiko: We know that there's a scientific explanation to this! Conan-kun is from the future and they invented a time travel! That's why he was in the photo 10 years ago and that's why he looks exactly the same. Am I right, Conan-kun?
  • Ayumi: But why would Conan-kun travel to the past? And what will happen to Ran-onee-san, if she will learn that her boyfriend is from the future?..
  • Genta: Maybe there's a war going on in future and he came here to prevent it? I saw it on TV with dad!
  • Mitsuhiko: Genta-kun...
  • Haibara: Then how about this explanation? His cellular structure was forcibly redone by a mysterious drug and he shrunk due to the ingenious invention of a biochemical teen prodigy who worked in a secret evil organization?
  • ...
  • Mitsuhiko: ...you watch too many science dramas, Haibara-san...
  • Ayumi: Yeah... that sounds even less possible than Genta-kun's Alien theory, Ai-chan...
  • Genta: That's funny, Haibara!
  • Conan: Oi-oi...

A fine plain silk ceremonial miyamairi kimono for a boy’s initiation at a Shinto shrine, featuring yuzen-dyed motifs of Urashima Taro leaving the Ryugujyo underwater palace. Painting and couching embroidery highlights.  Mid to late Meiji Period  (1880-1911), Japan.  The Kimono Gallery.  Following is the famous folktale taken from Wikipedia. “One day a young fisherman named Urashima Taro is fishing when he notices a group of children torturing a small turtle. Taro saves it and lets it to go back to the sea. The next day, a huge turtle approaches him and tells him that the small turtle he had saved is the daughter of the Emperor of the Sea, Ryujin, who wants to see him to thank him. The turtle magically gives Taro gills and brings him to the bottom of the sea, to the Palace of the Dragon God (Ryugujo). There he meets the Emperor and the small turtle, who was now a lovely princess, Otohime. Taro stays there with her for a few days, but soon wants to go back to his village and see his aging mother, so he asks Otohime permission to leave. The princess says she is sorry to see him go, but wishes him well and gives him a mysterious box called tamatebako which will protect him from harm but which she tells him never to open. Taro grabs the box, jumps on the back of the same turtle that had brought him there, and soon is at the seashore. When he goes home, everything has changed. His home is gone, his mother has vanished, and the people he knew are nowhere to be seen. He asks if anybody knows a man called Urashima Taro. They answer that they had heard someone of that name had vanished at sea long ago. He discovers that 300 years have passed since the day he left for the bottom of the sea. Struck by grief, he absent-mindedly opens the box the princess had given him, from which bursts forth a cloud of white smoke. He is suddenly aged, his beard long and white, and his back bent. From the sea comes the sad, sweet voice of the princess: "I told you not to open that box. In it was your old age …”


浦島 太郎 (Urashima Taro)

Urashima Taro is a Japanese legend about a fisherman who rescues a turtle and is rewarded a visit to the Ryujin’s palace under the sea for his kindness. He stays there for three days and, upon his return to his village, finds himself 300 years in the future. Before going back, Otohime gave him a box with instructions not to open it but due to Taro’s grief after discovering that everything in his hometown has changed, he opened it and out comes his old age.

Fes Matsu San'16 Event Summary

Intro: The older three fight the younger three for who gets to do the title call. The voice actors came out in fighting mode. Sakurai had a battle flag, Nakamura had a gun and sunglasses, Kamiya had boxes of tissues taped to him like amour and he threw tissues around as an attack, Fukuyama was covered in dynamite, Ono was dressed in a crazy baseball outfit a bit like episode 25 and Irino had a cute parasol. In the end Iyami comes out and does the title call.

Looking back over the episodes talk: the cast chose episodes that they wanted to talk about. It was fairly standard voice actor event stuff. They talked a lot about the Sanematsu episode in the afternoon show. In the evening show they talked a lot about the last episode. The cast were nervous about doing episode 24 until they were told that the letter was going to burn up at the start of he next episode. We also learned that Irino voices all the cats in the show except for ESP Kitty.

Announcements: the only new thing of note is that there is going to be some kind of big exhibition type event in summer.

Live original episode. A slot machine showed the characters for the next skit and the voice actors came out and perform. This was the same for both afternoon and evening shows.

Skit 1: Okonomiyaki. Choromatsu makes a really big deal over flipping an okonomiyaki and Osomatsu gets angry.

Skit 2: Todomatsu is horrified by Dekapan’s attempts to hit on a drunk Totoko so he wakes up a sleeping Ichimatsu who proceeds to take a dump. Todomatsu is very pleased with himself for thinking of this.

Skit 3: Karamatsu is a prison guard and Jyushimatsu is a prisoner who keeps trying to escape. Each time he is caught, he promises not to do it and then tries again anyway. Karamatsu gets increasingly frustrated. It’s very similar to their skit in Jyushimatsu Matsuri. In the end Jyushimatsu convinces Karamatsu that he should be free. Jyushimatsu is shot as he escapes.

Skit 4: Interview 2 (I might have the order wrong after this point) Hatabou interviews Choromatsu (who does his Chororin thing from one of the episode previews) Hatabou says that he’s crazy and then hires him.

Skit 5: Ichimatsu is waiting for Jyushimatsu at the fishing place. Dayon is there and Ichimatsu tries to talk to him but he mostly just stares (the voice actor’s expression was amazing) and replies with Dayon at odd times freaking Ichimatsu out. Jyushimatsu gets there and talks to Dayon like he understands what he’s saying. Dayon leaves and Jyushi says he doesn’t understand a word of what he said.

Skit 6: Karamatsu’s Delivery Conto. Karamatsu makes a big deal about doing his first ever delivery conto with lots of English and dramatic gesturing. As he is about to start “really cool Urashima Taro,” he is dropped down a trap door.

Skit 7: Todomatsu asks Ichimatsu to solve some riddles but his solutions are very negative or dark. So Ichimatsu asks Todomatsu a riddle about waking up to a sea of blood. Totty says this is too scary. Ichimatsu asks him how he’d stand out at a mixer where the other men are on the same level as him. Todomatsu replies that he’d spread rumours about the others in order to increase his own appeal which terrifies Ichimatsu.

Skit 8: Iyami and Chibita’s Ore Ore Fraud (a kind of scam where you phone someone and say ‘It’s me’ and try to trick them into thinking you are someone they know in order to con them out of money.) Iyami and Chibita try to trick Osomatsu but he realises it’s them due to their catchphrases. So they get a drug to change their voices from Dekapan. They sound like Osomatsu and Choromatsu after taking it. (Sakurai and Kamiya are now on stage as Iyami and Chibita) They try the con again but this time the phone is answered by Jyushimatsu who also took the medicine and now sounds like Iyami. He passes the phone to Ichimatsu who sounds like Chibita. Then everyone comes out sounding like different characters. Karamatsu sounding like Hatabou was so cute. A lot of the actors were really good at impersonating each other.

Live Delivery Conto: the voice actors improvised skits in randomly chosen pairs. They also randomly chose a theme, a setting and a final punchline. Apologies if some of these summaries don’t really make sense. They didn’t make sense to the people performing them either.


1- Osomatsu and Iyami on the roof having some sort of jumping battle. Ending with Iyami yelling Oh My God! The theme was high tension. It was judged to be the worst one of the session.

2 - Karamatsu and Jyushimatsu are the worst punks at school. They had to use a random prop from a box. It was a kettle so Karamatsu pours water on to Jyushimatsu to make him into a girl and he gives birth so they can use the line “It’s finally been born.”

3 - Chibita and Ichimatsu are on a deserted island. Chibita is bitten by a snake and is going to die unless Ichimatsu sucks out the poison. He can’t go through with it and says “let’s get married in the next world” as an apology when Chibita dies.

4 - Choromatsu and Todomatsu have to save the world using virgin/fappy power. They call on the audience to make a virgin-like pose and “thus the world was saved” Kamiya really didn’t want to do it and kept trying to run off stage.


1- Nakamura and Kamiya got the random prop box, a hospital and, “Let’s get married.” They started off trying to be Choroko and Karako but realised that they both couldn’t be girls and did Rock Paper Scissors. Kamiya won and in a panic chose to be Choroko and opened the box. It had two paper cups and two turnips in it. He put the box on his head leaving Nakamura to work out what to do. Nakamura taped the cups to Kamiya’s chest to look like boobs and they proceed to do a weird skit where Choroko is in hospital because of the box and Karamatsu says let’s get married in order to make her feel better. The turnips were some kind of present…..

2- Osomatsu and Hatabou talk about what to bring to a deserted island. They had the punchline “it’s finally been born” but I didn’t really understand how it fit sorry.

3- Irino and Dayon’s voice actor were a father and son in a volcano. They were working together to reach an object that can cure the father’s illness. The son uses his stretch powers to get it and his father says “it will be their heirloom.” Probably the most well done one although obviously not in character.

4- Jyushimatsu and Ichimatsu are inside Dayon. They run around crazily as their theme is high tension. Ichimatsu sticks his fingers up Jyushimatsu’s butt to create enough force to free the Earth which had been swallowed by Dayon. “And thus the world was saved.” The voice actors enjoyed doing this one a lot.

The event ended with the cast singing the school song from episode 25. It had a second verse about enjoying the event and wanting to do a second season. There was no actual announcement of a second season.

ᴇᴠᴀɴɢᴇʟɪᴏɴ ǫ: ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ (ɴᴏᴛ) ʀᴇᴅᴏ ᴄᴀsᴛ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠɪᴇᴡs

During the 2012 Q premiere, an exclusive interview pamphlet – which had the cast explain their character’s role in Rebuild and their personal thoughts on the Evangelion franchise – was made available to the Japanese audience. Three years later, and here they are –  translated in English for the very first time. There’s a lot of information to be gleaned in these, including: 

  • Asuka’s seiyuu is certain Asuka Langley Shikinami will have a happy ending in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0.
  • Mari’s seiyuu claims that it is possible to figure out where Mari “comes from” just by viewing Q.
  • Misato Katsuragi is Sakura Suzuhara’s role model, according to information provided by Sakura’s seiyuu.
  • Koji Takao’s seiyuu verifies that Kaji is indeed alive in the Q!verse.
  • Hideaki Anno disclosed Rebuild’s “hidden nature” to Akira Ishida (Kaworu’s seiyuu) way back in 1.0.
  • And more!

Very special thanks goes out to my friend Freshy (longtime JJBA translator) for tackling these. Enjoy.

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Red uchikake.  Mid Edo period (1750-1825), Japan.  The Kimono Gallery. This rare and stunning chirimen crepe-silk uchikake wedding kimono which features twenty-five embroidered tortoises. The richness of the dyes and silks, the extensive metallic embroidery, and the extraordinary design indicate that this was created by talented artists for a high-ranking samurai family. No other extant kimono found in museums or known private collections bears design similarities to this unique example. It so unusual for a kimono to be decorated with only tortoises, that one scratches one’s head about the intent: it has the padded hem typical of uchikake, but could this robe have been created for a different function than a wedding, such as for the stage or a different ceremony, a Shinto one perhaps? The embroidered tortoises were created with silver and gold couching. Some of the turtle shells are of gold, while others are of a gold/silver mixture. This couching is unusual in that it involves not only the main outside, but also the interior and the padded hem. The five mon (family crests) are couched in gold thread. The inner lining is of a beni red sha silk. Young samurai women of high birth were dressed in this particular color of red - known as “akahime” to mean red princess. The red represented the passion hidden within a blue blood. Japanese notions regarding the tortoise (kame) form a complex tapestry woven from Hindu, Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist traditions. These traditions claim that the tortoise helps prop up the world, guards the northern quadrant of the universe together with the snake, and carries on its carapace sacred inscriptions. The animal is believed to live an exceptional age, at which time, it develops a flowing white tail and exhales special vapours that conjure up sacred jewels. Beliefs in the tortoises longevity have linked it, in turn, to the Taoist paradise of Mount Horai and to the underwater palace of the Dragon King of the Sea. . This latter linkage is reflected in folktales. “Urashima Taro” the most prominent among them, that feature a tortoise navigating between the real and imagined worlds and the terrestrial and marine domains.