Soon after Yu Kinro (known as Yu Qianlou in the Chinese tale) became a regional governor, he suddenly sensed that something terrible had happened to his father. He left his new position in a cold sweat and returned home to find that his father was seriously ill. When the doctor told Yu Kinro that his father’s outcome could be foretold by the taste of sick man’s feces, the filial son tasted them and knew the end was near. Despite Yu Kinro’s pleas to the gods to trade his life for his father’s, his father died. Yu Kinro mourned the death of his father for three years. In another version of this story, Yu Kinro gave his father a piece of his flesh as medicine.