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Postby Kenitai » Wed 08.01.2007 4:57 pm

I've been, sadly isolating myself mostly from the outside life, focusing on my manga and working harshly on it, and by the time I'm ready I will probably go to a publisher. However, while I'm still working at it, I'd like to know what the best few (or the one) historic literature/book about tales, legends and lore about Japan. And I'm talking about story books, and no documents regarding events that happened or some sort.

I'm never good at reading (European)books, yet I'd like to put all of my interests in Japanese books with historical content. Mythelogical kind of
books though would be best.

If anybody knows what books to suggest, please do so! :)
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RE: Book recommendation

Postby richvh » Wed 08.01.2007 5:44 pm

What language do you want the book to be in? The best are almost certainly going to be in Japanese...

I'd like a good book on Japanese folklore and mythological beings, and I don't care if it's in Japanese or English. (I've got a few ideas on what to write about after finishing up ゆきの物語, and I'd like to work in a more mythological setting, include other beings besides 狐, 鬼 and a bare mention of 天狗.)
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RE: Book recommendation

Postby Kenitai » Wed 08.01.2007 5:50 pm

If it were in Japanese, it wouldn't be a serious issue, infact that'd boost both interest in the content and language.
As long as there are ogres, mystical foxes, or goblins, I'm fine with it. A mystical world.
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RE: Book recommendation

Postby richvh » Wed 08.01.2007 6:48 pm

Well, while you're waiting for other recommendations, you could try ゆきの物語. It's not done yet, but a couple of the supporting characters are shape-shifting 狐 (one is turning into a major character), and there are battles with two different 鬼 The setting is somewhat historical, but left vague.
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RE: Book recommendation

Postby Kenitai » Wed 08.01.2007 7:01 pm

I'll surely try it, thanks.
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RE: Book recommendation

Postby hungryhotei » Wed 08.01.2007 8:22 pm

芋粥 isn't that much of a mythological story, but it does feature a 狐 and historical content. Plus it's quite short and well worth a read if you haven't already.
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RE: Book recommendation

Postby Kenitai » Wed 08.01.2007 9:33 pm

:)Thanks for the link! It'll keep me busy for qiete some time... Both of them.
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RE: Book recommendation

Postby richvh » Wed 08.01.2007 9:46 pm

Hungryhotei's recommendation looks like more of a challenge than mine... prewar orthography (what's ゐる? 居る by the looks of it...)
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RE: Book recommendation

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Wed 08.01.2007 10:36 pm

Yes. 背景になつてゐると云ふ事 = 背景になっていると云う(言う)事

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