Japanese Tales

Author: Royall Tyler
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307784061
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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

Japanese Tales

Author: Royall Tyler
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9780375714511
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Contains over 200 tales from medieval Japan.

Seven Japanese Tales

Author: Junichiro Tanizaki
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462903517
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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.

The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales

Author: Burton Watson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231152450
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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 from Japan

Author: Helen McAlpine
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192751751
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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.

Japanese Singers of Tales Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative

Author: Dr Alison McQueen Tokita
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 075465379X
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Alison Tokita presents a series of case studies that demonstrate the persistence of Japanese sung narratives in a multiplicity of genres over ten centuries together with factors contributing to change in narrative performance. Narratives that were continually re-told and recycled in different versions and formats over a long period of time served to build people's sense of a common identity over space (the geographical extent of 'Japan') and time (the enduring power of many specific narratives). The elements of variation and change relate to the move away from oral narrative to text-based performance, and from a simple narrative situation with one performer to complex theatrical narratives with dancers, singers and other musicians. Tokita includes substantial musical analysis and exploration of theoretical issues, as well as documentation of important performance traditions, all of which are extant.

Japanese Fairy Tales Illustrated

Author: Yei Theodora Ozaki
Publisher: Full Moon Publications
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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).

Ancient tales in modern Japan

Author: Fanny Hagin Mayer
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
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Ancient Tales in Modern Japan makes available for the first time in English a unique collection of Japanese folk tales. More than half of these tales have never before been translated. Fanny Hagin Mayer, a pioneer Western scholar in the field of Japanese folklore, has selected 347 folk tales from the standard Japanese reference work, the Meii. Ninety early collectors from throughout Japan, among them key figures such as Sasaki Kizen and Iwakura Ichiro, furnished tales for this selection. This remarkable anthology presents a vivid picture of centuries of Japanese folk culture. Ancient Tales in Modern Japan is an essential work for students of folklore and Japanese culture.

Blue Bamboo

Author: Osamu Dazai
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770026101
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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.