once was a prince who wanted to marry though he was still young. But
after much searching he was unable to find a girl who could suit him so
a few years passed without his getting married. One
day he went out of the palace carried by eight servants in a splendid
kago with numerous servants around him. As he was traveling thus he met
another train which was as long and as magnificent as his. Surprised he
looked at the other kago and saw a beautiful young lady within it. As
her eyes fell upon him she quickly hid her face behind one of her
was so beautiful that the prince fell in love with her the moment he
saw her and so he sent one of his servants to ask if he could meet her.
She granted his request and so the Prince went to meet the lady who was
just as graceful and entertaining as she was beautiful. So he decided
to ask for her hand in marriage. But first he enquired about her
family. She replied to his questions by saying that she was of a noble
house but that her father was in the remotest parts of the country.
They did however have close relatives in another province to which she
was heading now because of a serious illness in the family. The prince
was ready to marry her at that moment so he asked her to marry him. The
lady had some objections and wanted to wait for the consent of her
father before agreeing. The prince did not want to wait so long,
however, so she consented at last and married him. The
prince devoted himself entirely to his young wife, spending every hour
to her instead of to his business, hunting or his other important
duties. For the time he spent to her felt rich, full and satisfying. One
warm summer day he went to her room unexpectedly and was surprised when
he saw that a large fox was asleep on his wife’s bed instead of her.
Quietly he stepped back away from the fox, drew his bow and shot the
fox. He had intended to shoot the fox in the middle of the forehead but
he shot the arrow with such haste that he didn’t have the power to
penetrate the foxes skull and so bounced off. The fox sprang from the
blankets and ran out escaping the palace. The prince tried to track the
fox down but failed. When
he returned home he found that his beloved wife had a wound on her
forehead in the exact same spot and in a similar way which the fox had.
Confused by this he stopped short of her, but after some reflection he
thought that it could also be a coincidence. One of the foxes which
hung around the palace gardens could have come in to rest. He therefore
asked his wife quietly, without letting any suspicion of evil into his
voice where her wound had come from. But he was taken aback when his
otherwise gentle wife grew furious with rage. Her eyes sparkled with
wild vindictiveness. She however gave him no information about her
injury and so the prince realized that his wife must surely be a fox.
He immediately called his guard and had his wife taken to prison. He
sent for a priest who had experience with all kinds of yokai and other
evil spirits as well as incantations to remove spells. No sooner had
the priest begun his spells when the woman vanished before their eyes
turning into the great fox which the prince had shot in the head. Still
they needed to be careful because if they killed the fox its powerful
spirit could likely do more damage than the animal had been able to
with her magic arts. So the priest sealed the fox in a room, burned it
to ashes and then scattered these ashes in running water so that fox
would never be heard from again.
Fairies, Fairy Tales, Fairy Books
About Fairies Read
A series of tales about and from the perspective of fairies. These are
a series of individual short tales which together tell the
tale of how fairies compete and manipulate the world around them.
The story of ancient European fairies of the ancient and primal