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Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki
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Aug 05, 2011

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bookshelves: japanese-literature

I was pleased to find the most popular stories here, along with a few new ones. There is that dream-like fairytale appeal, where things just happen and you don’t really question why a chestnut is talking or weather pulling out all of the rabbit’s fur was a suitable punishment. I feel the details of each are carefully preserved here, along with somewhat unnecessary amount of violence that seems to be present in old tales. But they’re quirky, cute, and offer a peek into the seams of Japan~ a foundation for stories thereafter. The illustrations are definitely done by a Japanese hand, and they help to uphold the traditional appeal of the stories. There are a few errors in the translation, but they aren’t too much of a distraction. Refreshing to pick up every now and then.
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