Japanese Legends and Folklore : Samurai Tales, Ghost Stories, Legends, Fairy Tales, Myths and Historical Accounts Paperback / softback
by 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.