Submitted for Sunday Photo Fiction


The Assignment: The idea of Photo Fiction is write a story of around 100-200 words (which is also called Flash Fiction) based on a photo as a prompt. In this particular photo fiction, the story must be based on the photo below. With the link tool below, you can add your story as well as read all the amazing stories written by others.  This week I wrote a fictional story about the ancient origins of the proverb, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Credit: Al Forbes

Credit: Al Forbes

 No Sleep Tonight

“Papa why must we stay awake tonight?”

“Not you my innocent son. You could have no reason to fear the Sanshi and Ten-Tei.”

“Why must you not sleep?”

“Every 60 days we have the Kōshin-Machi.”

Seeing the puzzled look on his son’s face, Akito opened an ancient book to the story of the Three Wise Monkeys.

Showing Aguru the drawings, Akito began to read.

The Three Monkeys caused the Sanshi and Ten-Tei not to see, say or hear the bad deeds of a person. The Sanshi are three worms living in everyone’s body. The Sanshi keep track of the good deeds and particularly the bad deeds of the person they inhabit. Every 60 days, on the night called Kōshin-Machi, if the person sleeps, the Sanshi will leave the body and go to Ten-Tei, the Heavenly God, to report about the deeds of that person. Ten-Tei will then decide to punish bad people, making them ill, shortening their time alive, and in extreme cases putting an end to their lives. Those believers of Kōshin who have reason to fear will try to stay awake during Kōshin nights. This is the only way to prevent the Sanshi from leaving their body and reporting to Ten-Tei.

5 responses

  1. Al says:

    I like that. Kids are usually innocent. Sounds like the father had something to be fearful of though 🙂


  2. Great story! The wisdom of the elders being passed along to the next generation.


  3. Birgit says:

    This is interesting especially that I did not know where this came from. Interesting story and will be interesting to find out what bad thing the dad did