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Long, long ago in Kyoto, the people of the city were terrified by
accounts of a huge, dreadful, and ugly ogre, who, it was said, haunted the Gate of Rashomon at twilight and seized whoever passed by. The missing victims were never seen again, so it was whispered that the ogre was a horrible cannibal, who not only killed the unhappy victims but ate
them also. Now everybody in the town and neighborhood was in great
fear, and no one dared venture out after sunset near the Gate of
Rashomon. So begins this famous Japanese fairy tale of heroism and valor. Now at this time there lived in Kyoto a general named Raiko, who had made himself famous for his brave deeds. Your host, Binary Mouse, introduces Your Virtual World's Campfire Tales Series in the hosted version. You can also view this video below in our special Virtual World TV mode.
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Free Fireside Theater stories are tiny tales usually less than ten minutes long and told by Your Virtual World's animated story tellers. These videos celebrate the ancient worldwide tradition of oral storytelling performed at a time when no batteries were required. They are published and freely available for viewing without cost to the worldwide audience of story listeners. Unlike the Campfire Tale Series of stories, they cannot be personalized or serve as reading exercises for early readers. They are presented back to the world that birthed them in order to share in and preserve the long cultural history enshrined in stories that mankind has collectively created and nourished over many generations on earth.