The Willow Tree
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While seeking the seclusion of Japan in order to forget an unhappy love affair, Ned Hamilton chances upon a shop owned by Tomotada, an image maker. There Ned falls in love with the carved figure of a beautiful girl which Tomotada refuses to sell because of the mythical legend connected to the tree from which it was carved. However, when Tomotada's daughter O-Riu runs away from an arranged marriage and her brother spends the money paid for her by the would-be groom, the image maker is forced to sell the figure of the princess of the willow tree. After it is delivered to Ned's home, O-Riu wanders in and takes the place of the image in the cabinet. Having been told that a mirror placed in the hands of the image will endow it with life, Ned tries the experiment and is pleased when O-Riu pretends to come to life. The two fall in love, and when war breaks out, Ned refuses to leave his princess to return home to England and defend his country. Rather than have her lover disgrace himself, O-Riu contrives to make him believe that she has returned to her image state, and Ned leaves for England. Returning to Japan after serving his country, he finds the princess waiting for him.