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Regarding Alice Gordenker’s March 20 column, “So what the heck is that?” — about “gold poop” good-luck charms sold at Narita Airport souvenir shops: Kunio Yanagita relates some folk stories about a black cat that defecates gold. For example, in his “Momotaro no Tanjou” (pp. 61-62), visiting the Dragon Palace, the poor firewood seller gets a gift from the black cat that makes her rich.

These stories are related to the very famous visit to the Dragon Palace under the sea (Urashimataro), and on the other hand to the well-known story of Hyoutoku, the silly-looking lad who produces gold pieces through his navel.

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