9781442248229-144224822X-Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures

Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures

ISBN-13: 9781442248229
ISBN-10: 144224822X
Author: Kunio, Yanagita
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Format: Paperback 170 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781442248229
ISBN-10: 144224822X
Author: Kunio, Yanagita
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Format: Paperback 170 pages

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Acknowledged authors Kunio, Yanagita wrote Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures comprising 170 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 144224822X and 9781442248229. Since then Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.90 or rent at the marketplace.

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Boldly illustrated and superbly translated, Folk Legends from Tono captures the spirit of Japanese peasant culture undergoing rapid transformation into the modern era. This is the first time these 299 tales have been published in English. Morse’s insightful interpretation of the tales, his rich cultural annotations, and the evocative original illustrations make this book unforgettable.

In 2008, a companion volume of 118 tales was published by Rowman & Littlefield as the The Legends of Tono. Taken together, these two books have the same content (417 tales) as the Japanese language book Tono monogatari.

Reminiscent of Japanese woodblocks, the ink illustrations commissioned for the Folk Legends from Tono, mirror the imagery that Japanese villagers envisioned as they listened to a storyteller recite the tales.The stories capture the extraordinary experiences of real people in a singular folk community. The tales read like fiction but touch the core of human emotion and social psychology. Thus, the reader is taken on a magical tour through the psychic landscape of the Japanese “spirit world” that was a part of its oral folk tradition for hundreds of years.

All of this is made possible by the translator’s insightful interpretation of the tales, his sensitive cultural annotations, and the visual charm of the book’s illustrations. The cast of characters is rich and varied, as we encounter yokai monsters, shape-shifting foxes, witches, grave robbers, ghosts, heavenly princesses, roaming priests, shamans, quasi-human mountain spirits, murderers, and much more.

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