Once Upon a Time in Japan
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Once Upon a Time in Japan

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Japan has an ancient oral tradition of folk stories for children that are highly evocative and impart a valuable moral lesson. This is a collection of eight of the stories, accompanied by "manga" illustrations from the television animated version.

This book contains following tales:

Issun Boshi, the Inch-High Samurai
Momotaro, the Peach Boy
Grandfather Cherry Blossom
Tanabata
Ki...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 10th 1997 by Kodansha International (first published December 20th 1985)
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Melissa
3.5★ The book has the following eight classic Japanese 昔話(むかしばなし)(fairy tales): 一寸法師 (Issun Boshi, the Inch-High Samurai), 桃太郎 (Momotaro, the Peach Boy), 花咲か爺さん (Grandfather Cherry Blossom), 七夕さま (Tanabata), 金太郎 (Kintaro), かぐや姫 (The Bamboo-Cutter's Tale), かちかち山 (Click-Clack Mountain), 浦島太郎 (Urashima Taro). I mostly enjoyed each story, though some of them had sad endings (unlike Americanized fairy tales). The story of Tanabata was different from one that I had heard previously, so I'm curious to...more
Reem Tombokti
Of course I didn't understand anything except for a few words from the Japanese part (it is though an achievement that I am able to read Japanese). However, the English translation was quite good for me to enjoy the stories and learn about Japanese folk tales.
Johncady
This is a wonderful children's book filled with Japanese folk tales that translate into any culture. I first read this as a child and loved it, especially the tale of the "inch high Samurai". Each tale has its own message about overcoming adversity, kindness to strangers, and the value of self confidence. I would recommend this book to anyone with children.
Kirei
Recently I have read two other books in this series, and this book has a repeat of stories! So I was not happy about that.

However, it does have some very famous stories, like "Momotaro" and "Urashima Taro."
Snufkin
A good selection and a decent selection, grew up to these stories :-)
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Table of Contents 3 2 Jan 10, 2010 08:40AM  
Once upon a time in Japan 2 (Kodansha English library) Once upon a time in Japan 1 (Kodansha English library) Once Upon A Time In Ghostly Japan (Kodansha Bilingual Books) (Japanese Edition) Once upon a time in Japan 3 (Kodansha English library) Once Upon a Time in Jolly Japan

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