<ul><li>These men who were regarded as the most powerful of men in Japan in terms of wealth and looks heard rumors of a woman who was beautiful beyond comparison , and attempted to marry her to the point of obsession. These men stalked her, wrote letters, song play, begged the Bamboo Cutter, and even petitioned the Gods to grant them her love, or help them forget about her. Kaguya sends off these 5 men to retrieve a special item that may help them win her heart. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The prince thought his life would be worthless unless he married Kaguya. </li></ul><ul><li>He was originally to retrieve the bowl from Inda, but takes a bowl from a local temple in Japan and colors it a gold color. </li></ul><ul><li>Kaguya refuses to talk to him and he walks away without saying a word. </li></ul>Prince Ishizukuri and The Stone Begging-Bowl of the Buddha “ Bowled-Over”
<ul><li>His mission is to travel to Hourai and retrieve a branch that resembles no other. </li></ul><ul><li>Kaguya begin having feelings for the Prince and is stunned that he actually accomplished his mission. </li></ul><ul><li>Unsatisfied workers express their feelings to Kaguya about not receiving their pay for creating the branch for many long nights. </li></ul>Prince Kuramochi and The Jewelled Branch from Paradise “ Stone-Heart”
<ul><li>He sends his servants as messengers to retrieve the coat in China. </li></ul><ul><li>The Fire-Rat fur was sent to Abe as impervious to fire. </li></ul><ul><li>Kaguya being hesitant to believe that it was genuine tested the flames, and the coat burns. </li></ul>The Minister of Right: Abe no Miushi and The Robe Made of Fire-Rat Fur. Abe-yance ( 阿部なし )
<ul><li>This prince was of a higher status than the previous and used his own men to his advantage. His men would die to fulfill their master’s wish. </li></ul><ul><li>His men survived terrible storms as he remained in his palace in waiting. </li></ul><ul><li>The men failed to retrieve the stone, however he was pleased because he figured it was a waste of time and cursed Kaguya </li></ul>Otomou no Miyuki (Grand Counsellor), and The Jewel in the Dragon's Neck. “ Plumb Foolish”
<ul><li>Marotari is tasked to acquire the charm from the belly of swallows, originally recruiting twenty men, he dismissed them for making so much noise. </li></ul><ul><li>He is the only prince to attempt recovering a treasure himself. </li></ul><ul><li>In the excitement, the rope which held him snapped from the pulled, and eventually through his years, he dies in dispair. </li></ul>Isonokami no Marotari (Middle Counsellor) and The Easy-Delivery Charm of Swallows “ Lacks Charm”
<ul><li>He finds a lovely little girl, who is three inches in height, in the stump of bamboo he gathers for the past years </li></ul><ul><li>He figures since he is the man who discovered her, that it is meant for him to adopt her. </li></ul><ul><li>He takes her back home to his wife to care for. </li></ul>
<ul><li>As she grows older, men begin to awe over her beauty, and the Bamboo Cutter figures surely enough she wants to be married. </li></ul><ul><li>He is too eager for her to marry that he helps arrange for five men to prove their love for her. The best man is to win her hand in marriage. </li></ul><ul><li>He soon forgets about her happiness. </li></ul>
<ul><li>After the suitors’ attempts fail, the Bamboo cutter began to focus on what makes her happy even though it pains him. </li></ul><ul><li>Kaguya-Hime tells the Bamboo Cutter that she is to leave Earth soon, because she is from another planet. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bamboo Cutter is willing to fight to keep her home, and finally sees how precious she is to him. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Fusako was ordered to see how beautiful Kaguya-hime was. </li></ul><ul><li>The Emperor staged at hunt to swing by the Bamboo Cutter’s house to get a glimpse of Kaguya-hime. </li></ul><ul><li>The Emperor gets a peep of her and says it was enough to convince him that she was a peerless beauty. </li></ul><ul><li>The Royal leader ask Kaguya-hime to serve him in his palace, but she denies his offer. </li></ul><ul><li>She explains if she was born on earth she would have served him. </li></ul>
<ul><li>He tried to take Kaguya-hime with him but she turned into a shadow, which the Emperor realized she was no ordinary mortal. </li></ul><ul><li>The Emperor left to his palace alone and disappointed. </li></ul><ul><li>He felt as though his soul remained behind. </li></ul><ul><li>The Emperor wrote to Kaguya-hime, “As I go back to the palace my spirits lag; I turn back, I hesitate, because of Kaguya-hime who defies me and remains behind.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Emperor returned to the Palace without the love he just set eyes on. </li></ul><ul><li>The ladies that waited for him seemed unworthy even to appear in Kaguya-hime’s presence. </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing matter more in the world to him then to have Kaguya-hime at his palace with him. </li></ul><ul><li>He decided to help the Bamboo Cutter from the Celestial people by having soldiers protect Kaguya-hime. </li></ul><ul><li>He turns down the gift of immortality given to him by Kaguya-Hime, and faces his fate which is to live the rest of his life without her. </li></ul>
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