Two hundred and twenty tales from medieval Japan—tales that welcome us into a fabulous faraway world populated by saints, scoundrels, ghosts, magical. Buy Japanese Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library) Reissue by Royall Tyler (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices. This selection of over two hundred tales from medieval Japan includes stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends from history.

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Some of them are extremely odd by modern standards, like the brief note about the noble who was about to ravage a maiden when she farted. What’s interesting about reading this collection is how the story structure feels m An interesting collection of tales – they are well-written and the variety is interesting.

Aug 13, Pages. Overall though, this collection of tales is an excellent addition to the canon of English translations of ancient Japanese literature and provides great insight to the mind and world of Heian Japan.

Book was thorough and had good analysis. Which kind of angers me. Stay in Touch Sign up.

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Definitely read the introduction first–it provides much needed context. Some are funny some do have lessons and some just show us what was important to a far away culture many centuries ago. It does feature some fox stories and some ghost stories.

Japanesd rest are pulled from miscellaeneous source materials, pieces of anthologies, and letters. As the author says in the introduction many of these stories have never been translated before, and make a great companion to similar collections so you don’t have to worry about too much overlap. This fairy tale collection is great for anyone interested in Japanese mythology.


Sometimes the more freely translated versions Mitford or the more freely re-told versions Akutagawa have more fales merit, but I’m inclined to believe that the versions in this book are the real thing. The Pretty Girl About Japanese Tales Two hundred and twenty tales from medieval Japan—tales that welcome us into a fabulous faraway world populated by saints, scoundrels, ghosts, magical healers, and a vast assortment roayll deities and demons.

Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler

See all 60 reviews. The stories are nicely divided into 42 sections regarding different subject mater, for example: This has been a wonderful read. What the Snake had in Mind Tyler has made these tales read gracefully and effortlessly. Aug 25, Blow Pop rated it did not like it Shelves: Then you can talds reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Jul 10, Matimate rated it really liked it Shelves: The Test 84 It contains mostly Buddhist stories japaese and almost nothing in relation to the Shinto Gods, however Shinto is in here too.

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Tyler effectively groups the stories by topic, giving the reader a bit of structure to the wonderfully diverse range of tales. The Forsaken Lady The tales in this book are not folktales or legends, but rather literary tales in the same mode as the above but written down in earlier time periods than most Japanese folktales seem to be set japanesee.


He assures her he won’t. A Fortune from a Wisp of Straw Fables about nature and spiritual deities disciplined many ritualistic and shamanic practices that originated with Shinto. Preview — Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. A Hard Moment 76 The Lure Japanese Tales Royall Tyler Limited preview – I liked these stories so much, I wish I had gotten them in a different form.

But from doing further research I can’t continue japansse this book. During his college years, Tyler served briefly as a military aide in These legends and popular tales in all, ranging from one to three pagesopen windows upon tradition and reality in medieval Japan.

There are short medieval stories from Japan in this book.

Strange, beautiful and wonderful. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The tales are very short–some as much japaneee a half page long–and are organized rather haphazardly by theme, which doesn’t work particularly well as there is much overlap. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

The River of Snakes His book of Japanese No dramas and his translation of Genji are ground-breaking works, deftly blending great foyall and learning with lucid yet faithful translations. But if you can’t laugh at fart jokes, you will not enjoy this book, and you may eventually find that you are in no way equipped to be an anthropologist.