One wintery night
Tokoyo dived into the sea
To challenge Yofune-Nushi

Dagger between her teeth

The monster swam in deep blue
Gleaming in the dark waters
Tokoyo struck the beast true

At its heart, exposed by soft belly

In its death throes, the sea serpent
Rose to the surface
with Tokoyo on its back

Triumphant, she stood

In one stroke, Tokoyo
Saved the island, the emperor
And most certainly her father

The wronged Samurai, Oribe Shima

Released from his imprisonment
The noble one regained his life
- he knew, his daughter’s love freed him

Man's injustice undone by a girl's courage


Tokoyo was certainly no sushi
For the magpietales

Copyright © 2012 ninotaziz. All rights reserved.


  1. Thank you Anthony. This Chinese New Year, with torrential rain, Water serpants and dragons are on my mind.

  2. This 'Tale' of courage is fascinating!

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    1. Dear Tess, thank you for that and for the wonderful start to 2012...

  4. Beautiful Magpie Tale! I especially loved the last line.

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    1. Dear Summer Rain,
      Ancient legends normally are profound. Thank you for being here.

  6. A beautiful tale told by a beautiful story teller....perfect timing for the Chinese New Year! :-)
    Love this Ninot!!

  7. Thank you dear Carrie, with support like yours, I continue this passion of mine.

  8. Ninot Ma'am,
    Reminiscent of Joan de Arc but better. She fought for her love,father and country. No others write such legends like you do. That is great!


  9. Fancy you would see the resemblance to Joan of Arc, another favourite heroine of mine. Both of them were very young girls, barely teenagers.

    Thank you for your kind words, Sir Hank!


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