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Myths, legends and folktales

Postby Binsento » Tue 08.09.2005 6:26 pm

I just read a japanese folktale and it was really interesting stuff.
Deaths, ghosts, samurai, sakura, it had it all and gives a different angle to look at the japanese culture.
Who can tell me a few "must-read" stories?
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RE: Myths, legends and folktales

Postby mandolin » Tue 08.09.2005 6:35 pm

Well, I haven't read it for myself yet, because I'm hoping for my first readthrough to be in printed Japanese, which I'm not ready for... BUT...

Momotarou is a very common myth/faerie tale. I guess it's more for children, so maybe not what you're looking for.
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RE: Myths, legends and folktales

Postby skrhgh3b » Wed 08.10.2005 1:18 am

yeah, momotarou and urashima taro are probably the most famous japanese folktales. you should probably start there.
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RE: Myths, legends and folktales

Postby sa » Wed 08.10.2005 2:47 pm

for kids "昔話 (mukashi banashi)"
鶴の恩返し(tsuru no ongaeshi) : fantasy
猿蟹合戦(saru kani gassen) : slapstick?
浦島太郎(urashima tarou) : fantasy,Sci-Fi(time travel)
わらしべ長者(warashibe chouja) : Bildungsroman,comedy

for adult "古典文学 (koten bungaku)"
古事記(kojiki) : Emperor chronicle,fantasy
竹取物語(taketori monogatari) : Sci-Fi(encounter with space alien),fantasy
源氏物語(genji monogatari) : Love romances ,Bildungsroman

...and
Reference keyword:Folklore researcher
柳田国男(yanagida kunio)
小泉八雲(koizumi yakumo ,Patrick Lafcadio Hearn)
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RE: Myths, legends and folktales

Postby Binsento » Thu 08.11.2005 2:33 pm

Nice last sa ! Thank you very much, i'll check some out immediately.
Thanks also for the rest, is momotaro the Peachbuy, because i've already heard of it, but never actually read it.
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RE: Myths, legends and folktales

Postby mandolin » Thu 08.11.2005 7:20 pm

Yep, momotarou is the Peachboy. :)
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RE: Myths, legends and folktales

Postby kempokatt » Thu 08.11.2005 8:16 pm

So you want to read some stories?

go here....

http://www.his.atr.jp/~ray/stories/
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RE: Myths, legends and folktales

Postby Binsento » Sat 08.20.2005 7:21 pm

Wow, thanks kempkatt !
Excellent site for practising hiragana !
Funny how 90% starts with: "Once there lived an old man and an old woman who had no children."
:)
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RE: Myths, legends and folktales

Postby roosh » Sun 10.23.2005 5:07 am

what's about momotarou?..juz get to know slightly about it from the crayon sin chan manga that i've read years ago...==
[it's weird to say so.]

===15minutes later
i think i'd better visit those provided sites first...^^"
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