Hanasaka Jiisan
Hanasaka Jiisan (花咲か爺さん), also called Hanasaka Jiijii (花咲か爺), is a Japanese fairy tale. Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford collected it in Tales of Old Japan (1871), as "The Story of the Old Ma...
Sunshower
A sunshower or sun shower is a meteorological phenomenon in which rain falls while the sun is shining. These conditions often lead to the appearance of a rainbow, if the sun is at a low enough angle. ...
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Yotsuya Kaidan
Yotsuya Kaidan (四谷怪談), the story of Oiwa and Tamiya Iemon, is a tale of betrayal, murder and ghostly revenge. Arguably the most famous Japanese ghost story of all time, it has been adapted for film ov...
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Onmyōdō
Onmyōdō (陰陽道, also In'yōdō, lit. ‘The Way of Yin and Yang’) is a traditional Japanese esoteric cosmology, a mixture of natural science and occultism. It is based on the Chinese philosophies of Wu ...
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Issun-bōshi
Issun-bōshi (一寸法師, "One-Inch Boy"; sometimes translated into English as "Little One Inch" or "The Inch-High Samurai") is the subject of a fairy tale from Japan. This story can be found in old Jap...
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Tsukumogami
Understood by many Western scholars as a type of Japanese yōkai, the Tsukumogami (付喪神, "Kami of tool") was a concept popular in Japanese folklore as far back as the tenth century, used in the spr...
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The Boy Who Drew Cats
"The Boy Who Drew Cats" (Japanese: 猫を描いた少年, Hepburn: Neko wo egaita shōnen) is a Japanese fairy tale translated by Lafcadio Hearn, published in 1898 as number 23 of Hasegawa Takejirō's...
The Cat's Elopement
The Cat's Elopement is a Japanese fairy tale collected by David Brauns in Japanische Marchen und Sagen (1885)1. Andrew Lang had it translated and included in The Pink Fairy Book (1897).
A handsom...
Onryō
In traditional beliefs of Japan and in literature, onryō (怨霊, literally "vengeful spirit", sometimes rendered "wrathful spirit") refers to a ghost (yurei) believed capable of causing harm in the world...
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Kachi-kachi Yama
Kachi-kachi Yama (かちかち山, kachi-kachi being an onomatopoeia of the sound a fire makes and yama meaning "mountain", roughly translates to "Fire-Crackle Mountain"), also known as Kachi-Kachi Mountain...
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The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (竹取物語, Taketori Monogatari), also known as Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫, Kaguya Hime, 赫映姫 or 輝夜姫), is a 10th-century Japanese folktale. It is considered the old...
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The Husband of the Rat's Daughter
The Husband of the Rat's Daughter is a Japanese fairy tale. Andrew Lang included it in The Brown Fairy Book. It is Aarne-Thompson type 2031C, a chain tale or cumulative tale. Another story of this ...
Shippeitaro
Shippeitaro is a Japanese fairy tale. Andrew Lang included it in The Violet Fairy Book, listing his source as Japanische Marchen.
A young warrior wandered the land in search of adventure, eventual...
My Lord Bag of Rice
"My Lord Bag of Rice" (in Japanese, Tawara Tōda [俵藤太 "Rice-bag Tōda"]) is a fairy tale about a hero who kills the giant centipede Seta to help a Japanese dragon princess, and is rewarded in her underw...
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Kintarō
Kintarō (金太郎, often translated as "Golden Boy") is a folk hero from Japanese folklore. A child of superhuman strength, he was raised by a mountain hag on Mount Ashigara. He became friendly with th...
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The Stonecutter
The Stonecutter is a Chinese folk-tale of unknown authorship. It is closely related to the themes of The Fisherman and His Wife, a well known fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. In the legen...
The Dream of Akinosuke
The Dream of Akinosuke is a Japanese folktale, made famous outside of Japan by Lafcadio Hearn's translation of the story in Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.The story is said to bring to...
Misaki
Misaki are a collective term for spirit-like existences in Japan like gods, demons, and spirits, among other divine spirits. Their name comes from a kannushi's vanguard, "misaki" (御先).
Misaki are ...
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Momotarō
Momotarō (桃太郎, Momotarou, lit. "Peach Boy") is a popular hero from Japanese folklore. His name literally means Peach Tarō, a common Japanese boy's name, which is often translated as Peach Boy...
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Ubume
Ubume (産女), a Japanese yōkai, appears in folk stories and literature as an old woman or Crone, with a child in her arms, imploring the passerby to hold her infant, only to then disappear. As legen...
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Yūrei
Yūrei (幽霊) are figures in Japanese folklore, analogous to Western legends of ghosts. The name consists of two kanji, 幽 (yū), meaning "faint" or "dim" and 霊 (rei), meaning "soul" or "spirit." Alte...
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Bunbuku Chagama
Bunbuku Chagama (Japanese: 分福茶釜 or 文福茶釜) is a Japanese folktale about a raccoon dog, or tanuki, that uses its shapeshifting powers to reward its rescuer for his kindness.
Bunbuku Chagama roughly t...
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Shita-kiri Suzume
Shita-kiri Suzume (舌切り雀, shita-kiri suzume), translated literally into "Tongue-Cut Sparrow", is a traditional Japanese fable telling of a kind old man, his avaricious wife and an injured sparr...
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The Crab and the Monkey
The Crab and the Monkey, also known as Monkey-Crab Battle (さるかに合戦, saru kani gassen) or The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab, is a Japanese folktale. In the story, a sly monkey kills a crab,...
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The Ghost of Oyuki
The Ghost of Oyuki (お雪の幻, Oyuki no maboroshi) is a painting of a female yūrei, (a traditional Japanese ghost), by Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795), founder of the Maruyama-Shijō school of painting.Ac...
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Yuki-onna
Yuki Onna (雪女, snow woman) is a spirit or yōkai in Japanese folklore. She is a popular figure in Japanese literature, manga, and animation. She may also go by such names as yuki-musume "snow girl"...
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The Fountain of Youth (fairy tale)
The Fountain of Youth is a Japanese fairy tale collected by Lafcadio Hearn in Japanese Fairy Tales.
An old couple lived in the mountains. The man cut wood, and the woman wove, every day. One day...
Japanese folklore
Japanese folklore encompasses the folk traditions of Japan and the Japanese people.In Japanese, the term minkan denshō (民間伝承, "transmissions among the folk") is used to describe folklore; the ...
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Urashima Tarō
Urashima Tarō (浦島 太郎) is a Japanese legend about a fisherman who rescues a turtle and is rewarded for this with a visit to Ryūgū-jō, the palace of Ryūjin, the Dragon God, under the sea. He stays t...
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