Treasury of Japanese Folktales

Treasury of Japanese Folktales : Bilingual English and Japanese Text

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


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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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  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 238.76 x 304.8 x 15.24mm | 907.18g
  • 09 Oct 2010
  • Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • Kanagawa
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • English and Japanese Bilingual Text; Illustrations throughout
  • 4805310790
  • 9784805310793
  • 103,789

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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.

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"These old tales of Japan, charmingly recounted, especially for children...are just as significant to grown ups...I hope many children of other nations will read these well-told tales..." --Mrs. Joseph C. Grew, Wife of former American Ambassador to Japan

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