Wasabi Stories vol.1: “Saved by a Horseshoe Crab”



aicon_wasabi“Wasabi Stories” is a quotation and summary of a column which touches ones heart or not found on the internet.

It is a Japanese famous person’s story extracted from the NIKKEI news paper.

The purpose in posting the column in JAPAN Style is to cheer you up and to make you feel “it’ was worth reading!”

Wasabi (Japanese horseradish or mustard) is spicy and stimulate your nose and make you teary.

The columns in “Wasabi Stories” hopefully spice your heart and sometimes make you teary!

The stories were originally sent as E-mail Newsletter in Japanese. Some are a little old but we’ll eventually catch up with new ones.


–Saved by a Horseshoe Crab–

Today’s story teller is a professional skier and alpinist, Gouta Miura, who is a son of the world famous professional skier [W:Yuichiro Miura].

The story dates back to when Gouta was 14 years old, he was studying ski at school in the United States.

One day he woke up at five o’clock in the morning and went running.

After running for a while, he tried to go home but he was lost.

He remembered that his Japanese acquaintance lived near “Black Beach”, he walked and walked to find the beach; however, there was a river in front, he couldn’t get the beach unless he took a roundabout route.

It was a dismal….

He thought to go back to the way he came but he saw residential area beyond the dismal, so he decided to go ahead.

As he went into, his legs were caught by the mud and sinking in!

Stuck in the mud, he couldn’t make any step.


He went into panic.


At the moment, a horseshoe crab crossed in front of him.

The crab was swimming the surface of the mud so easily.

Gouta tried to float on his belly like the crab, and his attempt was right.

He somehow got out of the mud and went back to the way he came.

A horseshoe crab is big but the flat body can disperse its weight, so that it can freely swim on mud.


Gouta Miura think back the moment and says “Even though I was in panic, I escaped from death by calming down and analyzing the crab’s structure. From this experience, I learned that when you are in a life crisis, rational decision and trying different idea make your life.”

That’s the story of Gouta Miura who was saved his life by “a living fossil (it’s commonly called so in Japan)”, horseshoe crab.

Refference: The NIKKEI Dec/20/2008 by Gouta Miura (alpinist)


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