Tales of Old Japan

Tales of Old Japan

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qOne of the first and in many ways still one of the best books on Japan.q a€”The Japan Times First published in 1871, Tales of Old Japan has withstood the test of time and taken its place as one of the classic volumes of Japanese literature. The book presents a broad cross section of Japanese prosea€”historical tales like the famous story of the Fortya€“seven Ronin; nonfiction reporting on marriage, funerals and the author's gory eyewitness account of haraa€“kiri; fairy tales and stories of superstition featuring vampire cats and magic foxes; even three sermons written by a priest belonging to the Shingaku sect, which professes to combine Buddhist, Confucian and Shinto teachings. The books thirtya€“three chapters cover practically every sector of Japanese life. Thirtya€“one reproductions of woodblock prints illustrate the various tales and essays. Author Robert Louis Stevenson cited Tales of Old Japan in his essay qBooks Which Have Influenced Me.q Over a hundred years have passed since Stevenson justly praised A.B. Mitford's book, but his work remains an important and fascinating sourcebook on Japan and the Japanese.Not caring then to die fighting a hopeless battle, and at the same time feeling that, after having been so cheated, ... to collect his retainers and attack AbAc Shirogoro; and the other chief Daimios, when the matter became publicly known, took up the cause, and determined that the Hatamotos must be chastised for their insolence. ... So Yedo became disturbed, and the riotous state of the city caused great anxiety to the Government, who took counsel together how they might restore peace.

Title:Tales of Old Japan
Author: A. B. Mitford
Publisher:Tuttle Publishing - 2005-06-18

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