- Age Range: 8 and up
- Lexile Measure: 1160L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (April 1, 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804808856
- ISBN-13: 978-0804808859
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 209 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,711,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese Fairy Book Paperback – April 1, 1970
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If you are like me, and used to European Fairy Tales, then these will seem a little different, namely, when the hero comes in and does his heroly deed, he doesn't simply marry the princess and live happily ever after, or ride off with his sidekick into the sunset. Apparently, the Japanese need a little more closure about the remaining life of the hero, so there are about 5-10 obligatory pages chronicling the fame and fortune of the hero before the actual ending of the book. This makes the stories seem a bit long winded and fluffy at first, but you get used to it after a while. Its true that the kindle freebie version is a bit lacking in format and spell checking, but this didn't bother me because I paid 99 cents for it.
Will be reading these to the young'uns and have already told the older kids some of the better ones. Will read again
This is a collection of Japanese folk tales more than anything. The stories collected here are among the most popular. They are varied and quite enjoyable. I actually started reading this due to my interest in Ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world - basically Japanese wood block prints). Many of the Ukiyo-e artists had themes centered on characters and events from these tales. I was surprised that even the very first story was spot on with the summary under one of Yoshitsune's prints. Even the second story was one that was familiar to me.
The tales all seem to have a lesson or moral to learn. They are quick reads and quite enjoyable. Most are what I would consider appropriate for all ages, though in the manner of many international tales, there is a bit of violence here and there. But what child doesn't remember the famous tale of humpty dumpty and the violent crash.
Best of all it's free to download!
I was able to purchase audible for the book, which made the reading even more enjoyable.
Open your horizons and experience Japanese Fairy Tales.
Mean and petty women also abound, as well as moral stories about filial piety.
Not surprisingly, there are some similarities with Western fairy tales.
These stories, however, will not really give you any insight into Japanese culture. Rather, you should approach this book with at least some basic knowledge about Japanese way of life.