Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan

Richard Gordon Smith

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Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan is a book by British traveler Richard Gordon Smith, first published in 1918. It is a collection of fifty-seven historical legends and folktales from Japan, where the author lived for some time in the early twentieth-century. Nearly all of the stories are set in a well-defined time and place, instead of 'once upon a time.' Themes include ghosts; unrequited love across social boundaries; Shinto landscape, tree and ocean spirits; and tales driven by Bushido and Buddhist ethics.

This edition does not include illustrations.

This book has 92,440 words, 163 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1918.

Production notes: This ebook of Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 21st December 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Fukagawa Lumberyards' by Hiroshige.

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