Japanese Fairy Tales

by Yei Theodora Ozaki | Teens |
ISBN: 1456613200 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAzukiwing of Miami, Florida USA on 5/30/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, May 30, 2021
This collection of fairy tales was written over a hundred years ago, and while some of the language feels a bit dated - either because language changes over the century, or that the author wanted to give a feel of old Japan - the stories are engaging and entertaining.

Besides the stories, what I find interesting is how it compares to other folk tales, which offers a glimpse of the culture. There's hardly any damsel in distress. The heroes may fight ogres and get gold in reward but not a beautiful maiden. For the moon child, she gets five suitors who all fails in the quest, then the emperor falls in love with her. Readers used to western fairy tales will most certainly not expect the two to become penpals, and for the maiden to call him "my good friend the Emperor." A princess hiding in the forest is rescued not by a young prince, but her father. Overall, filial duty is rated much higher.

I enjoyed the story about the jellyfish, which explains how it becomes a boneless blob, but there's little origin stories about how things come to be. I also find the description of the sea world seriously lacking in imagination...

Journal Entry 2 by wingAzukiwing at Asian Diaspora Virtual Book Box, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Friday, September 10, 2021

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Journal Entry 3 by wingSpatialwing at Moneta, Virginia USA on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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