Tales of the Samurai - Illustrated Edition

Author(s): A. B. Mitford


In this lavishly illustrated volume, A.B. Mitford presents ancient Japanese tales filled with action, romance, and the supernatural. Proud lords and their loyal retainers, a brave samurai and his faithless wife, a vampire cat, and howling spirits are all featured in the engaging stories that follow, including:

*   The Forty-Seven Rōnin: In this account of fierce heroism, a band of rōnin--masterless samurai who wander the country as somewhat disreputable knights errant--swear to lay down their lives to avenge their lord, who was condemned to hara kiri and his property and castle forfeited to the state.

*   How Tajima Shumé was Tormented by a Devil of his Own Creation: When a traveling rōnin amasses great wealth with a dead priest's money, he finds himself confronted with a fearful vision of the man he murdered.

*   The Badger's Money: An old priest takes pity on a helpless badger that asks to enter his warm cottage so that it may live through a bitterly cold night.

Appendices covering hara kiri and funeral rites conclude this collection of mesmerizing stories about Japanese life in days of yore.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781435166783
  • : Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
  • : Fall River
  • : September 2018
  • : ---length:- '22.8'width:- '15.2'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : A. B. Mitford
  • : Hardback
  • : 1018
  • : 823.8
  • : 272