Tales of Old Japan

Tales of Old Japan

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by A. B. Mitford
     
 

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"One of the first and in many ways still one of the best books on Japan." —The Japan Times

First published in 1871, Tales of Old Japan has withstood the test of time and taken its place as one of the classic volumes of Japanese literature.

The book presents a broad cross section of Japanese prose—historical tales like the

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"One of the first and in many ways still one of the best books on Japan." —The Japan Times

First published in 1871, Tales of Old Japan has withstood the test of time and taken its place as one of the classic volumes of Japanese literature.

The book presents a broad cross section of Japanese prose—historical tales like the famous story of the Forty–seven Ronin; nonfiction reporting on marriage, funerals and the author's gory eyewitness account of hara–kiri; fairy tales and stories of superstition featuring vampire cats and magic foxes; even three sermons written by a priest belonging to the Shingaku sect, which professes to combine Buddhist, Confucian and Shinto teachings. The books thirty–three chapters cover practically every sector of Japanese life. Thirty–one reproductions of woodblock prints illustrate the various tales and essays.

Author Robert Louis Stevenson cited Tales of Old Japan in his essay "Books Which Have Influenced Me." Over a hundred years have passed since Stevenson justly praised A.B. Mitford's book, but his work remains an important and fascinating sourcebook on Japan and the Japanese.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940024970591
Publisher:
Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
366 KB

Meet the Author

Kafu Nagai (1879-1959), one of the best known and most popular of Japanese novelists during the first half of the twentieth century, had a versatile career as newspaper reporter, bank clerk, university teacher, playwright, essayist, diarist, and lecturer on woodblock prints.

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Tales of Old Japan 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in Japan and/or the martial arts this book is for you. It is written just as Japan was opening up its culture to the Western world. The first hand accounts are extraordinary, from the story of the 47 Ronin to an actual live witnessing of Seppuku (Japanese ritual suicide). This book needs to be in your collection if you are intersted in Japan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the oldest, and best books ever written in English about Japan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five Stars!
Simon450 More than 1 year ago
Very detailed information about ancient Japan...long book, lots of info. Takes awhile to read...very thick book. Worth the money. I found it very informative.
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