The Japanese Fairy Book

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Yei Theodora Ozaki
Archibald Constable & Company, 1903 - Fairy tales - 296 pages
Twenty-two Japanese legends and fairy tales about peasants and kings, good and bad forces, princesses, animals, the sea, and the sky.

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User Review  - Cecrow - LibraryThing

A great sampling of fairy tales from Japan. Ozi describes in her preface that she sought to make these 'Western-friendly' in her retellings; I take this as reference to her inserted explanations about ... Read full review

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User Review  - phoenixcomet - LibraryThing

An odd but engaging collection of early 20th century (1903) fairy tales collected from Japan. Reminded me of my youth, reading Grimm's tales. I can't say that many of these made sense in the way of ... Read full review




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Page 208 - MOMOTARO, OR THE STORY OF THE SON OF A PEACH. LONG, long ago there lived an old man and an old woman; they were peasants, and had to work hard to earn their daily rice. The old man used to go and cut grass for the farmers around, and while he was gone the old woman, his wife, did the work of the house and worked in their own little rice field. One day the old man went to the hills as usual to cut grass and the old woman took some clothes to the river to wash. It was nearly summer, and the country...
Page 162 - Please don't go so fast, or I am sure I shall fall off," said the monkey. Thus they went along, the jelly fish skimming through the waves with the monkey sitting on his back. When they were about half-way, the jelly fish, who knew very little of anatomy, began to wonder if the monkey had his liver with him or notl "Mr.
Page 166 - He quaked all over as he told his story. How he had brought the monkey halfway over the sea, and then had stupidly let out the secret of his commission ; how the monkey had deceived him by making him believe that he had left his liver behind him. The Dragon King's wrath was great, and he at once gave orders that the jelly fish was to be severely punished. The punishment was a horrible one. All the bones were to be drawn out from his living body, and he was to be beaten with sticks. The poor jelly...
Page 163 - Mr. Monkey, tell me, have you such a thing as a liver with you?" The monkey was very much surprised at this queer question, and asked what the jelly fish wanted with a liver. "That is the most important thing of all...
Page 209 - How delicious that peach must be!" she said to herself. "I must certainly get it and take it home to my old man." She stretched out her arm to try and get it, but it was quite out of her reach. She looked about for a stick, but there was not one to be seen, and if she went to look for one she would lose the peach.
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Page 165 - that is soon remedied. I am really sorry to think of all your trouble ; but if you will only take me back to the place where you found me, I shall soon be able to get my liver." The jelly fish did not at all like the idea of going all the way back to the island again ; but the monkey assured him that if he would be so kind as to take him back he would get his very best liver, and bring it with him the next time. Thus persuaded, the jelly fish turned his course towards the Monkey Island once more....
Page 165 - No sooner had the jelly fish reached the shore than the sly monkey landed, and getting up into the pine-tree where the jelly fish had first seen him, he cut several capers amongst the branches with joy at being safe home again, and then looking down at the jelly fish said : " So many thanks for all the trouble you have taken ! Please present my compliments to the Dragon King on your return ! " The jelly fish wondered at this speech and the mocking tone in which it was uttered.

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