By Ronald A. Morse

Boldly illustrated and beautifully translated, Folk Legends from Tono captures the spirit of jap peasant tradition present process fast transformation into the fashionable period. this can be the 1st time those 299 stories were released in English. Morse’s insightful interpretation of the stories, his wealthy cultural annotations, and the evocative unique illustrations make this ebook unforgettable.

In 2008, a spouse quantity of 118 stories used to be released through Rowman & Littlefield because the The Legends of Tono. Taken jointly, those books have an analogous content material (417 stories) because the jap language publication Tono monogatari.

Reminiscent of jap woodblocks, the ink illustrations commissioned for the Folk Legends from Tono, reflect the imagery that eastern villagers estimated as they listened to a storyteller recite the tales.The tales trap the extreme reports of genuine humans in a novel people neighborhood. The stories learn like fiction yet contact the center of human emotion and social psychology. hence, the reader is taken on a paranormal travel in the course of the psychic panorama of the japanese “spirit global” that was once part of its oral people culture for centuries.

All of this is often made attainable through the translator’s insightful interpretation of the stories, his delicate cultural annotations, and the visible appeal of the book’s illustrations. the solid of characters is wealthy and sundry, as we come upon yokai monsters, shape-shifting foxes, witches, grave robbers, ghosts, heavenly princesses, roaming clergymen, shamans, quasi-human mountain spirits, murderers, and masses extra.

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