I just bought a book called Under the Cherry Blossom Tree [or Once under the cherry blossom tree], it's an old Japanese tale retold by Allen Say and I bought it because I really liked the illustrations and sound of the story even though it's classed as a children's book, [I wish they'd done a bilingual version!].
I'd like to see it in Japanese even though I won't be able to read it!
I know that sounds ridiculous
Does anyone know the story's Japanese name? Is it available online?
I've tried Google [and a quick forum search], but have only come up with the book I bought and a dodgy looking film that's apparently a Japanese ghost story
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=87Vm ... &q&f=false
The books says it's a folktale, and inside it says:
In joke houses (yose) throughout Japan, countless generations of audiences have been entertained by joke tales called rakugo, which means dropped words or punch line. A performer, whose success is largely determined by his individual style of telling, always begins with a short tale - called a pillow (makura) - intended to set the mood for the longer stories to follow. Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, one of the most popular and ancient makura, is a classic example of this distinctive tradition of humor.