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Japanese Tales from Times Past: Stories of Fantasy and Folklore from the Konjaku Monogatari Shu Translated by Naoshi Koriyama and Bruce Allen Tuttle Publishing, Here is a collection of 90 very short stories from the Konjaku Monogatari Shu, a 12th century collection that provides the kernels of the stories of Rashoman and Kaguya-hime and a ravishing glimpse at life in Japan a thousand years ago. As in the original volumes, the stories are grouped by theme: ill-fated love affairs, animals who Japanese Tales from Times Past: Stories of Fantasy and Folklore from the Konjaku Monogatari Shu Translated by Naoshi Koriyama and Bruce Allen Tuttle Publishing, Here is a collection of 90 very short stories from the Konjaku Monogatari Shu, a 12th century collection that provides the kernels of the stories of Rashoman and Kaguya-hime and a ravishing glimpse at life in Japan a thousand years ago. As in the original volumes, the stories are grouped by theme: ill-fated love affairs, animals who return favors, people rescued by their reverence for the Lotus Sutra, mysterious transformations, or enchantment by foxes. Warning: Do not try this at home.

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The Chinese-style pronunciation of this phrase is konjaku, and it is from the Chinese-style reading that the collection is named. Since it is an anthology rather than a single tale, however, the longer title is more accurate. The collection emphasizes the path in which Buddhism takes to Japan in order to further understand what Buddhism means to Japan.

Firstly, Buddhism leaves India and becomes very popular in China. As many things have been borrowed from the Chinese, Buddhism then travels to Japan. Each move leads to a morphing of the basics of this religion so by that time it arrived in Japan, it became a new Buddhism for the Japanese.

Contents The subject-matter is largely drawn from Buddhist and secular folklore. The anthology contains no mythology , and references to Shinto -related themes are notably few. The folkloric tales mostly depict encounters between human beings and the supernatural.

The typical characters are drawn from Japanese society of the time — nobility, warriors, monks, scholars, doctors, peasant farmers, fishermen, merchants, prostitutes, bandits, beggars. Their supernatural counterparts are oni and tengu. Date and authorship The work is anonymous. So far no substantive evidence has emerged to decide the question, and no general consensus has formed. The date of the work is also uncertain.

From the events depicted in some of the tales it seems likely that it was written down at some point during the early half of the 12th century, after the year Designated as a National Treasure in , it was assembled by a Shinto priest named Tsuretane Suzuka in the Kamakura period — The manuscript was then brought to Kyoto University by a descendant who was a librarian at the university for donation and archiving.

The manuscript has been scanned and made available in digital format on the internet. By assigning human traits to the animals, and through the utilization of these anthropomorphic animals, the authorship was more effectively able to communicate the various motifs, which impart a variety of moral teachings.

To be able to implement such a paradigm, the authorship would have utilized pre-conceived common traits which were attributable to specific animals. The animals and their respective traits would have been common and implicit knowledge in ancient Japan, and therefore known ubiquitously.

The types of tales in Konjaku which include the use of anthropomorphic animals can be broadly classified into categories, in which a particular moral is accentuated. Significance Many of the tales which appear in the Konjaku are also found in other collections, such as ghost story collections; having passed into the common consciousness, they have been retold many times over the succeeding centuries.

The religious aspect is important in leading the reader into a deeper understanding of Buddhism and what it means to the Japanese people.

It presents Buddhism in a way that is understandable for people from any background. Rewards for faith will be immediate and the punishment of sin is also direct and immediate.

The secular aspect is for entertaining an audience as well as for the enjoyment of reading. Selected translations.

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The Sino-Japanese reading of this phrase is konjaku, and it is from the Chinese-style reading that the collection is named. Since it is an anthology rather than a single tale, however, the longer title is more accurate. The collection emphasizes the path in which Buddhism takes to Japan in order to further understand what Buddhism means to Japan. Firstly, Buddhism leaves India and becomes very popular in China. As many things have been borrowed from the Chinese, Buddhism then travels to Japan. Each move leads to a morphing of the basics of this religion so by that time it arrived in Japan, it became a new Buddhism for the Japanese.

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The Sino-Japanese reading of this phrase is konjaku, and it is from the Chinese-style reading that the collection is named. Since it is an anthology rather than a single tale, however, the longer title is more accurate. The collection emphasizes the path in which Buddhism takes to Japan in order to further understand what Buddhism means to Japan. Firstly, Buddhism leaves India and becomes very popular in China. As many things have been borrowed from the Chinese, Buddhism then travels to Japan. Each move leads to a morphing of the basics of this religion so by that time it arrived in Japan, it became a new Buddhism for the Japanese.

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