ago in Japan, there was a wise old rice farmer who lived near the sea.
The people in the village called him Ojiisan, which means
"grandfather." Even though Ojiisan was the wealthiest person in the
village, he lived a very simple life. His thatched cottage stood high
on the mountain, overlooking the village and the sea. People often
climbed the long zigzag road up the mountain to ask Ojiisan's advice.
is the story of how one man through great cost to himself saved the
village from an approaching tsunami. Though the village was destroyed,
the villagers were saved due to the quick-thinking of a wise old man.
turned his keen old eyes anxiously toward the sea. It had darkened
suddenly and was moving against the wind. THE SEA WAS RUNNING AWAY FROM
THE LAND! The beach grew before Ojiisan's eyes. He had never seen
anything like this, but he remembered what his grandfather had told him
when he was a child. Ojiisan shivered. "Tsunami--the monster wave," he
whispered. But none of the villagers realized the danger they were in.
Ojiisan watched as the whole village ran to the beach, and even beyond
the beach, to watch the sea.