Treasury of Japanese Folktales: Bilingual English and Japanese Text

Treasury of Japanese Folktales: Bilingual English and Japanese Text


By (author) Yuri Yasuda, By (author) Yumi Matsunari

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 239mm x 305mm x 15mm | 907g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Kanagawa
  • ISBN 10: 4805310790
  • ISBN 13: 9784805310793
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Illustrations note: English and Japanese Bilingual Text; Illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 110,171

Product description

Learn Japanese and enjoy folktales at the same time! This bilingual edition of "A Treasury of Japanese Folktales"--presented in both English and Japanese--contains 12 of the best Japanese legends and fairy tales, told to generation after generation of Japanese children. Originally written in English by Yuri Yasuda, based on her interpretations of traditional Japanese tales, these charming stories of rich imagination are now accompanied by Japanese text by Yumi Matsunari and Yumi Yamaguchi. The Japanese text includes basic "kanji" accompanied by "furigana" to help beginning learners to recognize and learn the characters. Adventures carry us, on turtle-back, to the splendors of the underwater palace of the dragon princess, to the beautiful hills where Kintaro plays with his animal friends, and to a temple where we discover a "tea kettle" that is really a cunning badger in disguise. Executed with great skill and imagination, the 98 color illustrations bring to life the charming characters of these heart-warming tales of old Japan, which include: Shitakiri Suzume, the Tongue-Cut SparrowKintaro, the Strong BoyKaguya Hime, the Luminous PrincessMomotaro, the Peach BoyBunbuku Chagama, the Lucky Cauldron

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Author information

Yuri Yasuda was born in Tokyo and is a graduate of the English Department, International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. Since childhood she has written stories for her own amusement, and she began to tell folk and fairy tales to her children as soon as they were able to understand the words.

Review quote

"The stories and illustrations in this oversize volume were originally published in "Old Tales of Japan" (1953). A new Japanese translation accompanies this version. [...] Many of the illustrations stand the test of time, as the folktales are old stories of Japan, and maintain their charm, as does the text."--"School Library Journal"