Ancient Tales and Folklore of Japan


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(2.2 stars; 5 reviews)

Tales of Folklore are often of special interest. Anything may happen to ordinary mortals in the world painted by folklore. But it becomes even more interesting when you dive into folklore of places away from your own culture.
This volume is a collection of ancient Japanese tales. We hear of ordinary mortals interacting with the spirit world, sometimes to their benefit, sometimes to their doom, we hear of love and hate, and of war and peace. Some of the stories will be entirely new to most readers, some of them will be uncannily familiar. - Summary by Carolin (11 hr 32 min)

Chapters

Preface 4:14 Read by Stefan Von Blon
The Golden Hairpin 25:03 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Spirit Of The Willow Tree 16:34 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Ghost of the Violet Well 12:56 Read by David McKay
Ghost Story of the Flute's Tomb 14:31 Read by David McKay
A Haunted Temple in Inaba Province 13:57 Read by David McKay
A Carp Gives a Lesson in Perseverance 8:16 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Legends Told by a Fisherman on Lake Biwa, At Zeze 15:19 Read by realisticspeakers
A Miraculous Sword 12:46 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
'The Procession of Ghosts' 8:57 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
A Faithful Servant 8:22 Read by melaniebjensen
Prince Hosokawa's Most Valuable Title-Deeds 8:22 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Story of Kato Sayemon 12:59 Read by realisticspeakers
Great Fire Caused by a Lady's Dress 10:13 Read by Maria Melodia Queri
History of Awoto Fujitsuna 6:05 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
A Life Saved by a Spider and Two Doves 11:43 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Murakami Yoshiteru's Faithfulness 9:54 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
A Story of Oki Islands 14:05 Read by Josh Kibbey
Cape of the Woman's Sword 11:11 Read by Angelique G. Campbell
How Yogodayu Won A Battle 7:59 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Isolated or Desolated Island 11:27 Read by realisticspeakers
Chikubu Island, Lake Biwa 12:05 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Reincarnation 7:08 Read by Angelique G. Campbell
The Diving-Woman of Oiso Bay 14:31 Read by realisticspeakers
Theft And Recovery of a Golden Kwannon 10:32 Read by realisticspeakers
Saigyo Hoshi's Rock 12:56 Read by realisticspeakers
How Masakuni Regained His Sight 9:45 Read by realisticspeakers
Sagami Bay 9:17 Read by lcastleb1
The King of Torijima 15:44 Read by Maria Melodia Queri
The Perpetual Life-Giving Wine 9:31 Read by realisticspeakers
The Hermit's Cave 9:29 Read by Rob Marland
Yosoji's Camellia Tree 12:42 Read by Rob Marland
Whales 10:24 Read by Vlad Amelchuck
The Holy Cherry Tree of Musubi-no-Kami Temple 16:12 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
A Story of Mount Kanzanrei 12:48 Read by Vlad Amelchuck
White Bone Mountain 13:14 Read by Angelique G. Campbell
A Stormy Night's Tragedy 11:19 Read by Colleen McMahon
The Kakemono Ghost of Aki Province 13:22 Read by Colleen McMahon
White Saké 13:07 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Blind Beauty 18:18 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Secret of Iidamachi Pond 10:22 Read by Rob Marland
The Spirit of Yenoki 19:13 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Spirit of the Lotus Lily 15:11 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Temple of the Awabi 17:45 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Human Fireflies 8:26 Read by Rob Marland
The Chrysanthemum Hermit 6:11 Read by realisticspeakers
The Princess Peony 14:18 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Memorial Cherry Tree 13:00 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The 'Jirohei' Cherry Tree, Kyoto 7:55 Read by David McKay
The Snow Ghost 9:28 Read by realisticspeakers
The Snow Tomb 10:52 Read by Maria Melodia Queri
The Dragon-Shaped Plum Tree 11:08 Read by David McKay
The Chessboard Cherry Tree 8:50 Read by David McKay
The Precious Sword 'Natori no Hoto' 10:32 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The White Serpent God 12:36 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
A Festival of the Awabi Fish 11:11 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Spirit of a Willow Tree Saves Family Honour 12:56 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Camphor Tree Tomb 15:42 Read by David McKay

Reviews

(1 stars)

I tried but the voices did my head in. good luck finishing it. Shame wanted to listen to this one

(5 stars)

Many interesting old stories, which also give a fascinating look into old Japanese culture and history. A lot of the stories are quite sad and melancholy though, so you definitely need to be in the right mood for that. Most of the readers are also really good!

some good stories

(3 stars)

my 4 year old granddaughter is a more fluent reader than one of these readers, totally ruined this collection.