What the Japanese Myth “Hare of Inaba” Suggests


An acquaintance of mine told me the other day that he had had a spot on his face, about one centimeter in diameter, removed with laser therapy. He would so often go to the beach or play golf during summer when young that he was very tan in those days. Since he had to meet a lot of customer every day, his family strongly insisted that he should do it, he said.

  • acquaintance 知人
  • spot シミ
  • diameter 直径
  • remove 取り除く
  • tan 日焼けした
  • insist 主張する

I hear that more and more people around the world have been suffering from a skin cancer these days in relation to ozone layer depletion. I have seen a special news report on TV, where young brothers were interviewed who were suffering from an intractable disease, which occurs as the result of being exposed to the sun and can kill the patient. The only way for them to live on is to avoid ultraviolet rays and they have to wear black hoods all the time throughout their lives.

  • suffer 苦しむ
  • relation 関係
  • depletion 消失
  • intractable 治りにくい
  • expose 晒す
  • ultraviolet ray 紫外線

I feel that all people, including me, have the same phenomenon as the disease happening inside our bodies in a micro level and only manage to live thanks to the liver detoxification. Though not to bathe in the sun’s rays at all can cause diseases, you have to be careful about being exposed to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. You had better put on sunscreen, sun glasses and a cap just like people living in polar regions or Australia. I’m concerned about children bathing in the sea or swimming in the pool.

  • phenomenon 現象
  • manage to~ どうにしかして〜する
  • detoxification 解毒
  • polar region 極地
  • concerned 気がかりな

While thinking about skin trouble like this, I hit upon two things. One is the Japanese myth, Hare of Inaba(因幡の白兎)The setting of this story is said to be Izumu region, but it’s wrong according to my psychic reading. The story was based on a conflict over ancient foreign trade between the area around the present Hakui city (羽咋市)of Noto Peninsula and ancient China.

  • hit upon A Aを思いつく
  • myth 神話
  • based 基づいて
  • conflict 紛争
  • ancient 古代の

The other is a prediction about skin disease that will occur in the future. When conflicts between Japan and China increase, a lot of Japanese people will suffer from skin disease. And the solution is suggested in the myth: First, immerse your body in the sea so that you can draw out pus with coarse salt in the sea. Second, wash your body with fresh water. And third, apply pollen of a cattail to your body. I’m not sure about the scientific base of this method, though.

  • prediction 予言
  • increase 増加する
  • solution 解決法
  • suggest 示唆する
  • immerse 浸す
  • pus 膿
  • pollen 花粉

You cannot live, avoiding the sunshine all the time, so all you can do is let nature take its course after all. But I think it’s important to have knowledge about ultraviolet ray and take it into consideration in your daily lives at all.

  • let nature take its course 自然の成り行きに任せる
  • after all 結局は
  • knowledge 知識
  • consideration 考慮
  • at all とにかく

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