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Tales Of Old Japan

Tales Of Old Japan

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by A. B. Mitford
     
 

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Compiled by a British diplomat and published in 1871, "Tales of Old Japan" is an anthology of short stories that makes earlier centuries of Japanese life vibrantly immediate to the contemporary reader. They focus on various facets of everyday existence in ancient Japan, from numerous rituals, like hara-kiri and marriage, to sermons and fairy tales indicative of

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Compiled by a British diplomat and published in 1871, "Tales of Old Japan" is an anthology of short stories that makes earlier centuries of Japanese life vibrantly immediate to the contemporary reader. They focus on various facets of everyday existence in ancient Japan, from numerous rituals, like hara-kiri and marriage, to sermons and fairy tales indicative of desirable traits and warnings needed in that time. From tales of samurai revenge to the plots of Noh theatre plays, "Tales of Old Japan" was regarded as an authoritative text on Japanese culture and literature and greatly influenced Western perceptions of Japanese history and society for many years. Today, this compilation is still valuable for its accessibility and absorbingly entertaining view of ancient Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781169793446
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 8.50(d)

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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