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Types of Japanese Folktales

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Japanese Folktales

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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.

Folktales from the Japanese Countryside

Author : Hiroko Fujita
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From one of Japan's most popular and respected storytellers, more than 40 traditional Japanese stories--animal tales, tales of supernatural beings, stories about village characters and priests and their apprentices, and more.

Treasury of Japanese Folktales

Author : Yuri Yasuda
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Learn Japanese and enjoy folktales at the same time with this whimsically illustrated multicultural children's book! This bilingual edition of A Treasury of Japanese Folktales—presented in both English and Japanese—contains 12 of the best Japanese legends and fairy tales, told to generation after generation of Japanese children. Originally written in English by Yuri Yasuda, based on her interpretations of traditional Japanese tales, these charming stories of rich imagination are now accompanied by Japanese text by Yumi Matsunari and Yumi Yamaguchi. The Japanese text includes basic kanji accompanied by furigana to help beginning learners to recognize and learn the characters. Adventures carry us, on turtle-back, to the splendors of the underwater palace of the dragon princess, to the beautiful hills where Kintaro plays with his animal friends, and to a temple where we discover a "tea kettle" that is really a cunning badger in disguise. The 98 color illustrations, executed with great skill and imagination, bring to life the charming characters of these heart-warming tales of old Japan, which include: Shitakiri Suzume, the Tongue-Cut Sparrow Kintaro, the Strong Boy Kaguya Hime, the Luminous Princess Momotaro, the Peach Boy Bunbuku Chagama, the Lucky Cauldron

Japanese Folktales

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Asian Folklore Studies

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales G P

Author : Donald Haase
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Provides alphabetically arranged entries on folk and fairy tales from around the world, including information on authors, subjects, themes, characters, and national traditions.

Japanese Legends and Folklore

Author : A.B. Mitford
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Japanese Legends and Folklore invites English speakers into the intriguing world of Japanese folktales, ghost stories and historical eyewitness accounts. With a fascinating selection of stories about Japanese culture and history, A.B. Mitford—who lived and worked in Japan as a British diplomat—presents a broad cross section of tales from many Japanese sources. Discover more about practically every aspect of Japanese life—from myths and legends to society and religion. This book features 30 fascinating Japanese stories, including: The Forty-Seven Ronin—the famous, epic tale of a loyal band of Samurai warriors who pay the ultimate price for avenging the honor of their fallen master. The Tongue-Cut Sparrow—a good-hearted old man is richly rewarded when he begs forgiveness from a sparrow who is injured by his spiteful, greedy wife. The Adventures of Little Peach Boy—a tale familiar to generations of Japanese children, a small boy born from a peach is adopted by a kindly childless couple. Japanese Sermons—a selection of sermons written by a priest belonging to the Shingaku sect, which combines Buddhist, Shinto and Confucian teachings. An Account of Hara-Kiri—Mitford's dramatic first person account of a ritual Samurai suicide, the first time it had been reported in English. Thirty-one reproductions of woodblock prints bring the classic tales and essays to life. These influential stories helped shape the West's understanding of Japanese culture. A new foreword by Professor Michael Dylan Foster sheds light on the book's importance as a groundbreaking work of Japanese folklore, literature and history.

The Crane Girl

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A boy helps an injured crane, that then returns in human form to weave silk and save the boy and his father from poverty. Adapted from Japanese folktales and told in alternating prose and haiku.

Folktales of Japan

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These tales and legends have been collected from many sources, which contains the mythology of Japan. Many are told from memory, being relics of childish days, originally heard from the lips of a school-fellow or a nurse. Certain of them, again, form favourite subjects for representation upon the Japanese stage. A number of the stories now gathered together have been translated into English long ere this, and have appeared in this country in one form or another, others are probably new to an English public. This book includes such stories as: Green Willow The Flute The Tea-Kettle The Peony Lantern The Sea King and the Magic Jewel The Good Thunder The Black Bowl The Star Lovers Horaizan Reflections The Story of Susa The Impetuous The Wind in the Pine Tree Flower of the Peony The Mallet The Bell of Dojoji The Maiden of Unai The Robe of Feathers The Singing Bird of Heaven The Cold Lady The Fire Quest A Legend of Kwannon The Espousal of the Rat's Daughter The Land of Yomi The Spring Lover and the Autumn Lover The Strange Story of the Golden Comb The Jelly-Fish takes a Journey Urashima Tamamo The Fox Maiden Momotaro The Matsuyama Mirror Broken Images The Tongue-cut Sparrow The Nurse The Beautiful Dancer of Yedo Hana-Saka-Jiji The Moon Maiden Karma The Sad Story of the Yaoya's Daughter

Japanese Stories for Language Learners

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A great story can lead a reader on a journey of discovery—especially if it's presented in two languages! Beautifully illustrated in a traditional style, Japanese Stories for Language Learners offers five compelling stories with English and Japanese language versions appearing on facing pages. Taking learners on an exciting cultural and linguistic journey, each story is followed by detailed translator's notes, Japanese vocabulary lists, and grammar points along with a set of discussion questions and exercises. The first two stories are very famous traditional Japanese folktales: Urashima Taro (Tale of a Fisherman) and Yuki Onna (The Snow Woman). These are followed by three short stories by notable 20th century authors: Kumo no Ito (The Spider's Thread) by Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892-1927) Oborekaketa Kyodai (The Siblings Who Almost Drowned) by Arishima Takeo (1878-1923) Serohiki no Goshu (Gauche the Cellist) by Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933) Reading these stories in the original Japanese script—and hearing native-speakers read them aloud in the accompanying free audio recording—helps students at every level deepen their comprehension of the beauty and subtlety of the Japanese language. Learn Japanese the fun way—through the country's rich literary history.

Japanese Myths Legends Folktales

Author : Yuri Yasuda
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Here, beautifully illustrated and presented in both English and Japanese, are 12 of the best Japanese folktales—shared with generation after generation of Japanese children. These charming tales engage your imagination as you're carried on turtle-back rides, brought to the underwater palace of the dragon princess, and discover a temple with a "tea kettle" that is really a cunning badger in disguise. Stories include: The Tongue-Cut Sparrow The Strong Boy The Marriage of a Mouse The Fisherman and the Tortoise The Luminous Princess The Peach Boy The Kachi Kachi Mountain The Old Men With Wens The Old Man Who Made Trees Blossom The One-Inch Boy The Lucky Cauldron The Monkey and Crab Fight These stories are all richly illustrated, with 98 color illustrations by two of Japan's foremost children's books illustrators. Executed with great skill and imagination, they bring to life the charming characters of these heartwarming tales of old Japan. The tales were originally written in English by author Yuri Yasuda based on her interpretations of traditional Japanese stories. Here they are fully bilingual—each one accompanied by Japanese text. The Japanese versions of each tale include simple kanji with furigana pronunciations to help learners recognize the characters. Japanese Myths, Legends & Folktales is accessible to both English and Japanese-speaking children, as well as to older language learners who wish to enhance their reading ability. This multicultural children's book will entertain, inspire, and educate in equal measure.

The Animal wife

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Momotar and the Island of Ogres

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Found floating on the river inside a peach by an old couple, Momotaråo grows up and fights the terrible demons who have terrorized the village for years.

Ancient Tales in Modern Japan

Author : Fanny Hagin Mayer
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Ancient Tales in Modern Japan makes available for the first time in English a unique collection of Japanese folk tales. More than half of these tales have never before been translated. Fanny Hagin Mayer, a pioneer Western scholar in the field of Japanese folklore, has selected 347 folk tales from the standard Japanese reference work, the Meii. Ninety early collectors from throughout Japan, among them key figures such as Sasaki Kizen and Iwakura Ichiro, furnished tales for this selection. This remarkable anthology presents a vivid picture of centuries of Japanese folk culture. Ancient Tales in Modern Japan is an essential work for students of folklore and Japanese culture.

Issun Boshi One Inch Boy

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Tiny but capable and adventurous young Issun Boshi goes to Japan's capital city of Kyoto, where he proves himself a valuable servant to kind Lord Sanjo and his daughter, Princess Sanjo.

The Maiden of the Blue Willow and Other Japanese Folktales

Author : Hema Pande
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This collection of enchanting folktales, masterfully retold by Hema Pandey, will take you through the mystical land of Japan, where you will meet a host of fascinating characters. Read about the valour of samurais, the integrity of princesses, the honour of Buddhist monks, the honesty of woodcutters, and follow the folk heroes of Japan through their trials, tribulations, triumphs and victories.

Japanese Fairy Tales

Author : Yei Theodora Ozaki
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This collection of 15 traditional Japanese folktales transports readers to a time of adventure and enchantment. Drawn from the works of folklorists Lafcadio Hearn and Yei Theodora Ozaki, these tales are by turns terrifying, exhilarating, and poetic.

Momotaro the Peach Boy

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Found floating on the river inside a peach by an old couple, Momotaro grows up and fights the terrible demons who have terrorized the village for years.

Perception of Japanese Folktales by Readers from Different Cultural Backgrounds

Author : Mari Sawai
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This thesis investigates perceptions of Japanese folktales by readers from different cultural backgrounds. The study analyzes whether a reader's cultural background affects how the Japanese folktales are perceived and understood, particularly focusing on where the comprehension difference appears between Native English Speaking (NES) American readers and Japanese readers as well as where the NES American readers with more than three years of Japanese courses fall within the spectrum. The participants in this study are separated into three different groups, namely Japanese, NES Americans with more than three years of Japanese courses and NES Americans with Japanese courses. The participants were asked to read three Japanese folktales, Urashima Taro, Bamboo- Cutter's Tale and Click-Clack Mountain, and were asked to answer short-answer survey questions regarding three folktales as well as the general questions about the Japanese folktales. the survey responses were typed and tallied by themes of responses. The result showed that there are differences in comprehension of the Japanese folktales between NES American readers and Japanese readers. Also, the NES American readers with more than three years of Japanese courses' comprehension was similar to Japanese readers than NES American readers without Japanese courses.