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Japanese Fairy World: Stories from the Wonder-Lore of Japan

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Japanese Fairy World: Stories from the Wonder-Lore of Japan by William Elliot Griffis offers readers an enchanting glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Japanese folklore. Griffis masterfully weaves together a collection of traditional tales filled with mythical creatures, magical beings, and moral lessons.

The stories in this book are beautifully crafted and provide insights into the beliefs and values of the Japanese people. From the mischievous antics of the kitsune (fox spirits) to the heartwarming tales of spirits rewarding acts of kindness, each story is a delightful exploration of the supernatural world.

Griffis' writing is both engaging and informative, making this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in Japanese mythology and fairy tales. The vivid descriptions and vivid imagery bring the tales to life, transporting readers to a world filled with wonder and imagination.

Overall, Japanese Fairy World is a captivating read that will appeal to readers of all ages. Whether you are a fan of folklore or simply looking for a charming collection of stories, this book is sure to enchant and entertain. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys exploring different cultures through the magic of storytelling.

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William Elliot Griffis born in Philadelphia in 1843, was an educator, author and Congregational minister. In 1870 he was invited to go to Japan in order to modernize the school system and became the Superintendent of Education in the Province of Echizen. Whilst there he became interested in the folk lore, legends and stories of the East and began to collect tales from the story tellers that he met with and the literature that he found there. The thirty four wonderful stories in this collection are some of the ones that he found and fortunately decided to share with us. Note: The "Contents" only lists 34 stories but there is an extra one between No. 25 and No. 26, giving 35 stories in all. - Summary by Noel Badrian

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