Japanese Folktales: Classic Stories from Japan's Enchanted Past

Japanese Folktales: Classic Stories from Japan's Enchanted Past


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Be transported to a realm of magical kingdoms, mysterious beings and mythical lands.

Japanese Folktales is the most complete collection of Japanese stories in English. It introduces readers to the enchanting world of ghouls, goblins, ogres, sea kings, magical birds, dragons and of course, Momotaro, the lovable Peach Boy.

Japanese folklore is richly imaginative and the 22 classic stories presented here are some of the most popular tales ever told, including:
  • The story of goldfish dancers and carp musicians who entertain a brave warrior
  • The tale of a lonely girl whose life is changed by a shining disc left by her mother
  • The explanation of how the jellyfish lost its bones
  • The adventures of a boy born from a peach that washes up on a riverbank
These well-loved folktales are sure to delight readers young and old, while introducing them to vivid world of Japanese myths and legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784805314616
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Series: Tuttle Classics
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 495,493
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Yei Theodora Ozaki was the daughter of a Japanese father and an English mother. After her parents' marriage ended, Ozaki began a life of world travel, first raised by her mother in England and then her father in Japan. Later she traveled through Europe, where she began to translate the traditional Japanese stories she loved into English. She went on to translate several collections of Japanese folk tales including this one.

Lucy Fraser is Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Queensland (AUS) where she teaches Japanese popular culture, literature and language. Her most recent publication is the book The Pleasures of Metamorphosis: Japanese and English Fairy Tale Transformation of "The Little Mermaid." Her research interests include animal-human interactions in Japanese fairy tale retellings.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Preface 15

List of Illustrations 17

My Lord Bag of Rice 21

The Tongue-Cut Sparrow 29

The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad 40

The Farmer and the Badger 54

The Shinansha, or the South Pointing Carriage 62

The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy 67

The Story of Princess Hase 78

The Story of the Man Who Did Not Wish to Die 89

The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child 98

The Mirror of Matsuyama 116

The Goblin of Adachigahara 132

The Sagacious Monkey and the Boar 138

The Happy Hunter and the Skillful Fisher 142

The Story of the Old Man Who Made Withered Trees to Flower 161

The Jelly Fish and the Monkey 170

The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab 181

The White Hare and the Crocodiles 190

The Story of Prince Yamato Take 198

Momotaro, or the Story of the Son of a Peach 214

The Ogre of Rashomon 228

How An Old Man Lost His Wen 236

The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa 243

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