Tales of Old Japan: Folklore, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and Legends of the Samurai

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Compiled by one of the first foreign diplomats in Japan, this famous collection of classic tales covers an engrossing array of subjects: ghost stories, fairy tales, folklore, a fascinating eyewitness account of a hara-kiri ceremony, and gripping narratives of vampires and samurai. A treasury of information on Japanese locales, customs, and characters, this volume delights as it entertains, chronicling acts of heroism, devotion, ruthlessness, and chivalry that illuminate the ...
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Compiled by one of the first foreign diplomats in Japan, this famous collection of classic tales covers an engrossing array of subjects: ghost stories, fairy tales, folklore, a fascinating eyewitness account of a hara-kiri ceremony, and gripping narratives of vampires and samurai. A treasury of information on Japanese locales, customs, and characters, this volume delights as it entertains, chronicling acts of heroism, devotion, ruthlessness, and chivalry that illuminate the island nation's culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486440620
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/24/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 500,117
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Forty-Seven Ronins
The Loves of Gompachi and Komurasaki
The Kazuma's Revenge
A Story of the Otokodaté of Yedo
The Wonderful Adventures of Funakoshi Jiuyémon
The Eta Maiden and the Hatamoto
Fairy Tales
  The Tongue-cut Sparrow
  The Accomplished and Lucky Tea-Kettle
  The Crackling Mountain
  The Story of the Old Man who made Withered Trees to Blossom
  The Battle of the Ape and the Crab
  The Adventures of Little Peachling
  The Foxes' Wedding
  The History of Sakata Kintoki
  The Elves and the Envious Neighbour
The Ghost of Sakura
How Tajima Shumé was tormented by a Devil of his own Creation
Concerning Certain Superstitions
  The Vampire Cat of Nabéshima
  The Story of the Faithful Cat
  How a Man was Bewitched and had his Head Shaved by the Foxes
  The Grateful Foxes
  The Badger's Money
  The Prince and the Badger
Japanese Sermons
  Sermons I-III
Appendices
  An Account of the Hara-Kiri
  The Marriage Ceremony
  On the Birth and Rearing of Children
  Funeral Rites
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