Tales of Old Japan

Folklore, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and Legends of the Samurai
Author: A. B. Mitford
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486120260
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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Grisly accounts of revenge and knightly exploits, a fascinating eyewitness account of a hara-kiri ceremony, tales of vampires and samurai, Buddhist sermons, and the plots of four Noh plays. 38 illustrations.

Tales of Old Japan


Author: Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford Baron Redesdale
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Japan
Page: 383
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Japanese Tales


Author: Royall Tyler
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307784061
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Two hundred and twenty dazzling 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 worldview during a classic period in Japanese civilization. They ably balance the lyrical and the dramatic, the ribald and the profound, offering a window into a long vanished culture. Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

Legends of the Samurai


Author: Hiroaki Sato
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468301373
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 432
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Over the decades the reputation of the samurai has grown to mythical proportions, owing to such films as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Yojimbo as well as works such as James Clavell's epic Shogun. In Legends of the Samurai, Hiroaki Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary warriors. Through his masterful translations of original samurai tales, laws, dicta, reports, and arguments accompanied by insightful commentary, Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai's historical origins to his rise to political power. A fascinating look at Japanese history as seen through the evolution of the samurai, Legends of the Samurai stands as the ultimate authority on its subject.

The Boy Who Drew Cats and Other Japanese Fairy Tales


Author: Lafcadio Hearn,Francis A. Davis
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 048615954X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 64
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Eleven engaging, excellently translated tales of talking tea kettles, a monstrous goblin-spider, miniature warriors and other fanciful creatures. 21 original illustrations by Yuko Green.

The Book of Yokai

Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore
Author: Michael Dylan Foster
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520271017
Category: History
Page: 336
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Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. Currently popular in anime, manga, film, and computer games, many yokai originated in local legends, folktales, and regional ghost stories. Drawing on years of research in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the history and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, interpreting their meanings, and introducing people who have hunted them through the ages. In this delightful and accessible narrative, readers will explore the roles played by these mysterious beings within Japanese culture and will also learn of their abundance and variety through detailed entries, some with original illustrations, on more than fifty individual creatures. The Book of Yokai provides a lively excursion into Japanese folklore and its ever-expanding influence on global popular culture. It also invites readers to examine how people create, transmit, and collect folklore, and how they make sense of the mysteries in the world around them. By exploring yokai as a concept, we can better understand broader processes of tradition, innovation, storytelling, and individual and communal creativity.

Myths and Legends of Japan


Author: F. Hadland Davis
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486122034
Category: Social Science
Page: 480
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The most popular myths and legends of gods, heroes, and warriors; Buddha; the goddess Benten and the god Daikoku; and many more. Handsomely illustrated with 32 full-page plates.

Handbook of Japanese Mythology


Author: Michael Ashkenazi
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1576074676
Category: Religion
Page: 375
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An introductory guide to the mythology of Japan—one of the most pervasive yet least understood facets of Japanese culture.

Japanese Fairy Tales (Illustrated)


Author: Yei Theodora Ozaki
Publisher: Full Moon Publications
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Japanese Fairy Tales signifies a certain set of well-known classic tales, with a vague distinction of whether they fit the rigorous definition of folktale or not. The admixed imposters are literate written pieces, dating back to the Muromachi period (14th-16th centuries) or even earlier times in the Middle Ages. These would not normally qualify as "folktales" (i.e., pieces collected from oral tradition among the populace). In a more stringent sense, "Japanese folktales" refer to orally transmitted folk narrative. Systematic collection of specimens was pioneered by folklorist Kunio Yanagita. Yanagita disliked the word minwa, a coined term directly translated from "folktale" (Yanagita stated that the term was not familiar to actual old folk he collected folktales from, and was not willing to "go along" with the conventions of other countries). He therefore proposed the use of the term mukashibanashi ("tales of long ago"?) to apply to all creative types of folktales (i.e., those that are not "legendary" types which are more of a reportage).

Strange Light Afar

Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan
Author: Rui Umezawa
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
ISBN: 1554987245
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 144
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A bitterly jealous brother, a samurai who makes the ultimate sacrifice, a cold-hearted husband, a monk who mistakes desire for piety, a fraudulent merchant who meets his match in a supernatural river otter — the motives underlying these traditional Japanese folktale characters are explored with haunting results. Prompted by the sometimes illogical and perplexing actions of folktale characters (Why doesn’t the wolf kill Little Red Riding Hood right away?), master storyteller Rui Umezawa revisits eight popular Japanese folktales, delving beneath their sometimes baffling plot lines to highlight the psychological motivations behind the characters’ actions. In “Betrayal,” a treacherous husband poisons his wife so he can marry another woman. In “Paradise,” a young man saves the life of a sea turtle, who takes him to a luxurious underwater palace, where his every whim is fulfilled. A brother in “Rage” is consumed by jealousy when his brother’s dog digs up a cache of gold. In “Honor,” a samurai kills himself to keep a promise made to his blood brother. Tales of addiction, bravery, sex, greed, abuse and control — these stories take their inspiration from the great Japanese storytelling traditions, as well as from Noh and Kabuki. Sometimes laced with ironic humor, sometimes truly horrifying, these stories of the strange and supernatural will appeal to readers of all ages, but they particularly speak to teenagers. Evocative and haunting illustrations by the stunningly talented Mikiko Fujita add to the eerie beauty of this collection. A detailed afterword outlines the author’s storytelling approach and provides source material for each tale.

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

Chinese Ghost Stories

Curious Tales of the Supernatural
Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 146290016X
Category: Fiction
Page: 96
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Chinese Ghost Stories are a selection of the most entertaining Chinese traditional tales of the strange and fantastic. Hearn had a great affinity for the traditional ghost stories of China, and these stories clearly inspired him as he penned subsequent works. Set in richly atmospheric locales, these tales speak of heroic sacrifice, chilling horror, eerie beauty and otherworldly intervention. This completely reset and pinyin-converted edition of Hearn's classic work contains a new foreword by Victoria Cass, which places the stories, their author, and his love for the strange and mysterious into perspective. If you're seeking insights into the traditional Chinese world of ghosts, goblins and demons—or just want to feel a chill run down your spine on a dark and lonely night—then this book is the perfect companion. Ghost stories include: The Soul of the Great Bell The Story of Ming Yi The Legend of Zhi Nu The Return of Yan Zhenjing The Tradition of the Tea Plant The Tale of the Porcelain God

Mysterious Tales of Japan


Author: Rafe Martin
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fairy tales
Page: 74
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A collection of traditional Japanese tales expanded, developed, and reinterpreted by the author in light of his own vision and experience, includes a fisherman who rows out to sea, never to return, and others

Japanese Legends and Folklore

Samurai Tales, Ghost Stories, Legends, Fairy Tales, Myths and Historical Accounts
Author: A. B. Mitford
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9784805315019
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 320
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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.

Kitsune-Mochi

Kitsune Tales #2
Author: Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Publisher: Æclipse Press
ISBN: 0985934956
Category: Fiction
Page: 306
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Sequel to the award-winning Kitsune-Tsuki Following the search for the shape-shifting kitsune, onmyouji Tsurugu no Kiyomori serves Naka no Yoritomo and his new wife Kaede, protecting their household from the supernatural and warning of more mundane threats. Elsewhere, a murder is committed in Naka's name, and an exiled onmyouji determines to wreak his own justice by destroying Naka no Yoritomo and his bride. just as word comes that an immensely powerful youkaiis moving, coming to Kaede. Now Tsurugu and his allies must protect his daimyou‘s house from a dangerous rival without revealing their own treacherous secrets — or they die by the hands of their friends instead of their enemies.

Folk Heroes and Heroines around the World, 2nd Edition


Author: Graham Seal,Kim Kennedy White
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440838615
Category: Social Science
Page: 411
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This comprehensive collection of folk hero tales builds on the success of the first edition by providing readers with expanded contextual information on story characters from the Americas to Zanzibar. • Supplies entries on folk tale characters worldwide that identify related heroes and heroines and provide additional contextual information • Features a geographical organization that enables readers to research a specific region's folk characters • Provides an alphabetical index as well as an index of heroic character types to facilitate cross-cultural and historical comparisons • Includes sidebars with passages from the folk tales, popular culture, and other items of interest

The Dark Side of Japan

Ancient Black Magic, Folklore, Ritual
Author: Antony Cummins
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445663031
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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A fascinating collection of folktales, ritual black magic, protection spells, monsters and other dark interpretations of life and death from Japanese folklore.

American Negro Folktales


Author: Richard M. Dorson
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486796809
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 384
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Rich anthology of African-American folklore offers scores of humorous and harrowing stories. Collected during the mid-20th century, the tales tell of talking animals, ghosts, devils, and saints.

Country Delights - Kaiki

Uncanny Tales from Japan
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9784902075090
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Volume 2 of a 3-volume series covering the evolution and scope of Japanese "kaiki" fiction: uncanny tales, including ghost stories, weird tales and subtle horror. Translations by experts in the field bring an entirely new genre of literature to the English language. The stories are accompanied by one manga, and a comprehensive introduction to the development of the genre in Japan by Higashi Masao, the foremost authority in the field.

The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades

Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn Al-Qalanisi
Author: H. A. R. Gibb
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486143406
Category: History
Page: 368
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Remarkable contemporary account of early Crusades by one of Damascus' leading citizens covers events of 1097–1159. Based on both written and oral reports, colorful narrative relates every particular of life during wartime.