Japanese Tales

Author: Royall Tyler
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307784061
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Two hundred and twenty tales from medieval Japan—tales that welcome us into a fabulous faraway world populated by saints, scoundrels, ghosts, magical healers, and a vast assortment of deities and demons. Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, these tales reflect the Japanese civilization. They ably balance the lyrical and the dramatic, the ribald and the profound, offering a window into a long-vanished culture. With black-and-white illustrations throughout Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

Das alte Japan

Sagen, Mythen, Märchen, Bräuche
Author: Algernon Bertram Mitford
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 3730690434
Category: Philosophy
Page: 560
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Die über Jahrtausende gewachsene Kultur Japans beeindruckt und fesselt bis heute. Sehr eng sind die historische Überlieferung und das moderne Leben des inzwischen hochtechnisierten Inselstaates miteinander verwoben. Fremdartig und bisweilen entrückt wirken die Sagen, Mythen und Märchen, die Mitford für sein 1871 erstmals erschienenes Buch "Tales of Old Japan" zusammentrug, so etwa die berühmte Erzählung von den "47 Ronin" oder der lange Bericht über das berüchtigte Harakiri, die rituelle Selbsttötung der Samurai. Über 30 zeitgenössische japanische Illustrationen geben dem Band seinen besonderen Flair.

Japanese Tales from Times Past

Stories of Fantasy and Folklore from the Konjaku Monogatari Shu
Author: N.A
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462917216
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 288
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This collection of translated tales is from the most famous work in all of Japanese classical literature—the Konjaku Monogatari Shu. This collection of traditional Japanese folklore is akin to the Canterbury Tales of Chaucer or Dante's Inferno—powerfully entertaining tales that reveal striking aspects of the cultural psychology, fantasy, and creativity of medieval Japan—tales that still resonate with modern Japanese readers today. The ninety stories in this book are filled with keen psychological insights, wry sarcasm, and scarcely veiled criticisms of the clergy, nobles, and peasants alike—suggesting that there are, among all classes and peoples, similar failings of pride, vanity, superstition and greed—as well as aspirations toward higher moral goals. This is the largest collection in English of the Konjaku Monogatari Shu tales ever published in one volume. It presents the low life and the high life, the humble and the devout, the profane flirting, farting and fornicating of everyday men and women, as well as their yearning for the wisdom, transcendence and compassion that are all part and parcel of our shared humanity. Stories Include: The Grave of Chopsticks Robbers Come to a Temple and Steal Its Bell The Woman Fish Peddler at the Guardhouse Fish are Turned into the Lotus Sutra A Dragon is Caught by a Tengu Goblin The Monk Tojo Predicts the Fall of Shujaku Gate Wasps Attack a Spider in Revenge

Treasury of Japanese Folktales

Bilingual English and Japanese Edition
Author: Yuri Yasuda
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462914624
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 112
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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. Executed with great skill and imagination, the 98 color illustrations 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

The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales

Author: Burton Watson,Haruo Shirane
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231152450
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 156
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Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal ( setsuwa) literature. These orally narrated and written tales drew on both local folk tradition and continental sources. Taken from seven major anthologies of anecdotal literature compiled between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, these dramatic and often amusing stories open a major window onto the foundations of Japanese culture. Out of thousands of setsuwa, Shirane has selected thirty-eight of the most powerful and influential, each of which is briefly introduced. Recounting the exploits of warriors, farmers, priests, and aristocrats, and concerning topics as varied as poetry, violence, power, and sex, these tales reveal the creative origins of a range of literary and dramatic genres, from court tales and travel accounts to no drama and Kabuki. Watson's impeccable translations relay the wit, mystery, and Buddhist sensibility of these protean works, while Shirane's sophisticated analysis illuminates the meaning and context of their compact stories. Capped by an extensive bibliography, this collection fully immerses the reader in the thrilling world of secular and religious tales.

TALES OF OLD WORLD JAPAN - 20 Ancient Japanese Tales and Legends

20 Japanese folk and fairy tales stretching back to the beginning of time
Author: Anon E. Mouse
Publisher: Abela Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 8826466874
Category: Fiction
Page: 138
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The 20 tales contained in this volume were chosen which because they are not familiar to the English-reading public, so be prepared for the richness of original, ancient Japanese knowledge and lore. Another factor in their selection was because of their beauty and charm of incident and colour, than with the aim to represent the many-sided subject of Japanese lore. Herein you will find tales like: The Birth-Time Of The Gods, The Sun-Goddess, The Heavenly Messengers, The Palace Of The Ocean-Bed, The Star-Lovers, The Island Of Eternal Youth, The Moon-Maiden plus many more. They account for the tales from the God-period contained in the “Kojiki and the Nihongi”—“The Records of Ancient Matters”compiled in the 8th C. AD and profess to outline the events of the cycles of years from the time of Ame-no-mi-naka-nushi-no-kami’s birth, at the beginning of time, to the death of the Empress Suiko in A.D. 628. The first six tales in this little volume are founded on some of the most significant and picturesque incidents of this God-period. The opening legend gives a brief relation of the birth of several of the great Shinto deities, of the creation of Japan and of the world, of the Orpheus-like descent of Izanagi to Hades, and of his subsequent fight with the demons. So, we invite you to download and curl up with this unique sliver of Eastern culture not seen in print for over a century; and immerse yourself in the tales and fables of yesteryear. ---------------------------- TAGS: fairy tales, folklore, myths, legends, children’s stories, children’s stories, bygone era, fairydom, fairy land, classic stories, children’s bedtime stories, fables, Old world, japan, oriental, east, Japanese deities, Birth-Time, Sun-Goddess, Heavenly Messengers, Prince, princess, king, queen, Ruddy-Plenty, Palace, Ocean Bed, Autumn, Spring, Star Lovers, star-crossed, Island, Eternal Youth, Rai-Taro, Son, daughter, Thunder God, Souls, Moon Maiden, Great Fir Tree, Takasago, Willow, Mukochima, Forest, Vision, Tsunu Princess, Fire Fly, Sparrow, Wedding, Love, Snow White, Fox, Nedzumi, Koma, Gon

The Honorable Urashima Taro

Suggested by Two Japanese Tales Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad and My Lord Bag of Rice
Author: Coleman A. Jennings
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
ISBN: 9780871299284
Category: Drama
Page: 71
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Tales from Japan

Author: Helen McAlpine
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192751751
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 150
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Includes accounts of the creation of earth and heaven, deeds of legendary Japanese warriors, and the romance of Princess Kaguya from the country of the moon.

Folktales from the Japanese Countryside

Author: Hiroko Fujita,Fran Stallings,Harold Wright,Miki Sakurai
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 9781591584889
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 196
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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.

Seven Japanese Tales

Author: Junʼichirō Tanizaki
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679761075
Category: Fiction
Page: 298
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Junichiro Tanizaki's Seven Japanese Tales collects stories that explore the boundary at which love becomes self-annihilation, where the contemplation of beauty gives way to fetishism, and where tradition becomes an instrument of voluptuous cruelty. A beautiful blind musician exacts the ultimate sacrifice from the man who is both her disciple and her lover. A tattooist turns the body of an exquisite young girl into a reflection of her predatory inner nature. A young man is erotically imprisoned by memories of his absent mother. Shocking in its content and lyrical in its beauty, these stories represent some of the finest work of one of Japan's greatest modern writers.

Ein wilder Schwan

Author: Michael Cunningham
Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag
ISBN: 3641175631
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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Michael Cunningham erzählt die alten Märchen neu – er betrachtet sie aus einem anderen Blickwinkel, hinterfragt sie mit Witz und Verve und zeigt dabei, wie zeitlos sie sind. Noch nie waren Märchen so lustig und raffiniert, so düster und sexy – und so wahr. Rumpelstilzchen, Hänsel und Gretel, Schneewittchen und Rapunzel – wer erinnert sich nicht an die Gutenachtgeschichten aus der Kindheit, an Märchen, die uns verzauberten und schaudern machten. Einer der begnadetsten amerikanischen Schriftsteller holt nun diese und andere Märchen in unsere Gegenwart und erzählt, was sie verschwiegen oder vergessen haben oder wie es nach dem angeblichen Ende »wirklich« weitergeht. Und welch tiefe Abgründe sich an jeder Ecke auftun können. Die altüberlieferten Mythen über Könige und Prinzessinnen, Flüche, Zauber, Habgier und Verlangen erweisen sich in Michael Cunninghams spielerischen, so ironischen wie klugen Erzählungen als verblüffend modern und menschlich.

How to Fool a Cat

And More Japanese Tales for Children
Author: Fran Stallings,Hiroko Fujita
Publisher: Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Incorporated
ISBN: 9781624910555
Page: 145
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"Charming and captivating, these authentic and little-known Japanese folktales are told clearly and simply, making them easily accessible to young listeners at home or in the classroom. Thoughtf ul comments and notes from the two tellers provide clear ti ps for successful telling, along with a very useful glossary. If you tell stories to children, this is a must-purchase book " --Sherry Norfolk, Storyteller, Author and Teaching Artist

Japanese Tales and Legends

Author: Helen McAlpine,William McAlpine
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192741400
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 212
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Includes accounts of the creation of earth and heaven, deeds of legendary Japanese warriors, and the romance of Princess Kaguya from the country of the moon

Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds

A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales
Author: Keller Kimbrough,Haruo Shirane
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231545509
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 461
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Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds is a collection of twenty-five medieval Japanese tales of border crossings and the fantastic, featuring demons, samurai, talking animals, amorous plants, and journeys to supernatural realms. The most comprehensive compendium of short medieval Japanese fiction in English, Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds illuminates a rich world of literary, Buddhist, and visual culture largely unknown today outside of Japan. These stories, called otogizōshi, or Muromachi tales (named after the Muromachi period, 1337 to 1573), date from approximately the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries. Often richly illustrated in a painted-scroll format, these vernacular stories frequently express Buddhist beliefs and provide the practical knowledge and moral education required to navigate medieval Japanese society. The otogizōshi represent a major turning point in the history of Japanese literature. They bring together many earlier types of narrative—court tales, military accounts, anecdotes, and stories about the divine origins of shrines and temples––joining book genres with parlor arts and the culture of itinerant storytellers and performers. The works presented here are organized into three thematically overlapping sections titled, “Monsters, Warriors, and Journeys to Other Worlds,” “Buddhist Tales,” and “Interspecies Affairs.” Each translation is prefaced by a short introduction, and the book features images from the original scroll paintings, illustrated manuscripts, and printed books.

Seven Japanese Tales

Author: Junichiro Tanizaki
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462903517
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 323
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In these seven Japanese short stories, Tanizaki, the author of The Makioka Sisters explores the territory where love becomes self–annihilation, where the contemplation of beauty gives way to fetishism, and where tradition becomes an instrument of refined cruelty. A young man is erotically imprisoned by the memory of his mother. A tattoo artist transforms the body of an exquisite woman into teeming canvas of her inner nature. A beautiful blink musician exacts the ultimate sacrifice from the man who both her lover and her disciple. These and other gripping scenarios of possession are told with such poise that Seven Japanese Tales is guaranteed to fascinate from beginning to end, leaving a haunting impression on the reader.

Blue Bamboo

Japanese Tales of Fantasy
Author: Osamu Dazai,Ralph F. McCarthy
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770026101
Category: Fiction
Page: 182
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Seven short stories by one of Japan's pre-eminent postwar writers and prose stylists. These imaginative stories are full of water spirits, ghosts, and a mixture of fantastic allegory and affecting romance.