Once upon a time there were two brothers, each of which were king of their own Kingdom. Since they were young, their parents had instilled in them a tradition whereby each brother would give the other a gift each year upon the first sighting of a cherry blossom. The brothers continued this tradition into their kingships and every year they would take turns to travel to the other’s kingdom to exchange extravagant gifts.
One year, when it was the younger brother’s turn to travel to the elder’s kingdom, he brought with him not cases of jewels, fine fabrics, and intricately decorated pottery, but a single egg. The older brother, who that year had prepared the munificent gift of a small island from his own kingdom that would bring his younger brother much wealth and fine seafood, could barely contain his anger. He lashed out at his little brother who pled for a moment to explain.
Noticing all was not as it seemed, the older brothers’ guards restrained their master allowing the younger brother to demonstrate that this was no ordinary egg. Held in his hand, it did appear unimpressive, but then placed in an egg cup, it turned to gold; back in his palm it again looked innocent, but when touched with the tip of a spoon it transformed into a gleaming golden treasure.
The two brothers happily exchanged gifts and returned to their respective kingdoms. The younger brother began a bustling seafood trade and grew fat and prosperous. The older brother, however, soon realised that the egg, whilst being undeniably astonishing, held no value as it refused to remain gold to be sold, and refused to remain unremarkable to be eaten.