Japanese Legends and Folklore - Samurai Tales, Ghost Stories, Legends, Fairy Tales, Myths and Historical Accounts

Author(s): A. B. Mitford; Michael Dylan Foster (Foreword by)

History

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.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9784805315019
  • : Tuttle Publishing
  • : Tuttle Publishing
  • : March 2019
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 398.20952
  • : 320
  • : A. B. Mitford; Michael Dylan Foster (Foreword by)
  • : Paperback
  • : English