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Spouted Pot

The story of Lokesh and the Adventure of the Spouted Pot. Lokesh meets a young woman named Sakiko who is eager to impress her new mother-in-law with a tea ceremony.


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Here they come,

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my two intrepid explorers.

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Charlotte and Lokesh.

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I'm their Great-Aunt Lizzie, you see.

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-And I wonder which one is coming to see me today.

-Your turn.

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Ah, so it's Lokesh.

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-Hello, Lokesh.

-Hello, Great-Aunt Lizzie.

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Once upon a time, I travelled the world,

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discovering treasures from long ago and far away

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and no end of stories to remind me.

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But my most precious possession of all

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is my extraordinary collection of teacups.

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Here we are.

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No time to count the clouds.

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Let's have a nice cup of tea and a story.

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But first we need the teacup.

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But which one?

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That one.

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Ah.

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The spouted pot.

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What an excellent tea-time choice, Lokesh.

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This story is about a young woman

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who wanted to make her special tea party absolutely perfect.

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Like you do, with a teapot and teacups?

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I suppose I do.

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-Are you ready?

-Ready.

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Then let me tell you the story of Lokesh

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and the adventure of the spouted pot.

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This story begins in Japan,

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which is famous for the magnificent snow-topped Mount Fuji,

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where glassy lakes reflected the wondrous colours of the maple trees,

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dazzling in the autumn sunshine.

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It was in the middle of one of these colourful forests

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that Lokesh arrived, one beautiful, bright morning.

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He came to a clearing

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and saw a young woman holding a mat and looking about her.

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Maybe here's too shady.

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Maybe here's better,

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in the dappled sunlight.

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Oh, I don't know.

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Excuse me...

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..maybe I can help you choose?

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This place is nice.

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Thank you, but nice isn't good enough.

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It has to be perfect for the chakai.

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A tea ceremony?

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Excellent.

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It has to be done in a calm way, almost like meditation.

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This afternoon,

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I have invited my mother-in-law to join me and my husband for it.

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What about...here, then?

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Half in the sun, half in the shade.

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Yes, that is perfect.

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Good.

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Now, I need to lay everything out.

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Would you pass me the boxes?

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That would be very helpful.

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I am so worried about today.

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I need to give a good impression.

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My husband's family are Samurai.

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Uh-oh, you wouldn't want to upset them!

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You are so right.

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I just want to show them I can do this perfectly and calmly.

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Whoops!

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Oh, no!

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What if my mother-in-law tripped on the tatami?

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That would be a disaster.

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We could use stones to weigh down the corners -

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then they won't curl up.

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That's a good idea.

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Won't be a minute.

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It didn't take Lokesh long to find some stones.

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I had no idea you needed all these things.

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And it is important to be calm and set them up in the correct order.

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This was the chakai - the famous tea ceremony.

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Shall I help you?

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That's kind, but I must do it as part of the ceremony.

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That tree looks like it's growing out of a rock.

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Please, the tea ceremony must be done without

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any unnecessary words or movement.

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We need to be quiet and contemplate.

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Oh, I see. I'll sit still and be quiet, then.

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Thank you.

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Lokesh concentrated on sitting still.

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-(Your hand.)

-Oh.

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(Sorry.)

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The last thing he needed was an itch!

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Oh, dear.

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Sorry, itchy nose.

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So Lokesh did his very, very best to stay still and quiet.

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SHE GASPS

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Oh, no!

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I didn't move.

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No, I have forgotten my spouted pot.

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I must have left it at home.

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Oh, no.

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It's a very unusual spouted pot that I use for hot water.

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My father gave it to me and it's very precious.

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I can't do the tea ceremony without it.

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Maybe I can go and get it for you?

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But it's miles away!

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It was an awfully long way over the mountain

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and even further to Sakiko's house in the city.

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It was barely past lunchtime, and goodness, had it got tricky.

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Lovely dancing, Lokesh.

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-It's much easier than keeping still and quiet for the ceremony.

-I know.

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When someone tells you to sit still, all you want to do is jump about.

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-I can't do things so slowly and silently.

-It's good to try.

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Don't forget, you manage to sit with me and listen to the story.

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That's true. I do, don't I?

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Being calm and still is a very important part of the ceremony.

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Just as important as the tatami that Lokesh helped put down.

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-And maybe as important as the spouted pot.

-Exactly.

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So what happened next?

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Lokesh couldn't give up without getting

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the spouted pot, now, could he?

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Off went Lokesh, in his hat, bag and boots.

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Through the maple forests...

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..up the mountainside...

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..until, when he was almost out of breath...

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..the path ran out!

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There was only one way to get to the other side.

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Lokesh took a deep breath.

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At last, Lokesh could see the magnificent city of Tokyo

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spread across the great plain.

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But there was no time to stand and stare.

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Lokesh was on a mission to get that spouted pot.

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He made his way to Sakiko's house.

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The spouted pot should have been on the table.

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He searched and searched and it was nowhere to be seen.

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Lokesh was about to give up

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when he heard whistling coming from the garden.

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Whoa! Hello.

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Hello. I'm Lokesh, a friend of Sakiko's.

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Pleased to meet you. I am Sakiko's father.

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I had just come to visit her, but she's not here.

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She's having a tea ceremony with her mother-in-law,

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-in the maple forest.

-I forgot that was today.

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She forgot her spouted pot.

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She said she left it on the table, but I can't find it anywhere and...

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This one, you mean?

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I know Sakiko loves to use it to hold hot water for the tea ceremony.

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But I tease her.

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I use it for watering plants

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even though it makes steam coming out of her ears!

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HE WHISTLES

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Well, anyway, you have to admit it is shaped like a watering can.

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Lokesh looked at the funny-shaped stone-coloured pot,

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all decorated with little flowers.

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It was indeed the shape of a watering can.

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It's very pretty.

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-I gave it to her.

-She told me, and she said it was very precious.

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I'm very pleased she likes it.

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-Well, you'd better take it straightaway.

-Thanks.

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Bye.

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Back came Lokesh...

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..down the mountain...

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..and through the maple forest.

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This is my friend, Lokesh.

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-Please join us.

-Thank you.

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(I got the spouted pot.)

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-(Thank you!)

-And I met your dad.

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He was watering plants with it.

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Oh, he's always doing that to tease me.

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Is everything all right now, Sakiko?

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Everything's all right.

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How lovely!

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What an exquisite little pot.

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Sakiko turned the cup twice in her hand and took a sip of tea.

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Everybody was so serious.

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When it was Lokesh's turn, he concentrated his hardest,

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took the cup and did exactly as he'd seen Sakiko do.

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What a charming, polite young fellow, Sakiko.

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You two have made this tea ceremony quite perfect.

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May I?

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So, that was that -

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the story of Lokesh and the spouted pot.

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-I like the way they were calm and peaceful in the ceremony.

-So do I.

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Sometimes things can get a little frenetic.

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It's good to take a moment to stop and contemplate.

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We do it at school sometimes.

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How nice.

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Oh, no time to relax now.

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We have to get ready to get you home.

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Oh, how did that get there?

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Home time now, Lokesh.

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-Thanks, Great-Aunt Lizzie.

-Cheery-bye, Lokesh.

-Bye.

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Lokesh and the Adventure of the Spouted Pot. Lokesh meets a young woman named Sakiko who is eager to impress her new mother-in-law with a tea ceremony. Sakiko teaches Lokesh that there is more to a tea ceremony than just pouring a cup of tea. Just as everything seems perfect, Sakiko sees she has forgotten her pot! Lokesh goes on an epic quest to retrieve it for her before time runs out.


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