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The Three Talismans (三枚のお札)

There are a number of variations of this story. I've compiled one that I feel encompasses the main themes, but I've listed variations at the end. The source Japanese was mostly translated from 三枚のお札 and Japanese Wikipedia. *Note: The talismans in the story are pieces of paper with holy writing on them. ******** There once… Continue reading The Three Talismans (三枚のお札)

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The Wife Who Doesn’t Eat (飯食わぬ女房)

Mostly translated from 飯食わぬ女房. Although, in some variations, Yamanba does not become a spider. ---------------- Long ago there lived a man named Kansuke. He was a miserly cooper and wouldn't even go drinking unless someone else paid. When people told him to get a wife, he would say, "I only want a wife who doesn't eat… Continue reading The Wife Who Doesn’t Eat (飯食わぬ女房)

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Yamanba and the Cattleman (牛方と山姥)

Mostly translated from 牛方と山姥 A cattleman named Kansuke packed many salted mackerel on his cow's back and went out to sell them in the large village on the other side of the mountain. After passing the summit Kansuke met an old woman. She said,"Kansuke, give me a salted mackerel." Kansuke was unnerved that she knew… Continue reading Yamanba and the Cattleman (牛方と山姥)

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The Story of Yamanba

This is a telling of a Yamanba story in Hakata dialect (Kyushu) I think. But that's only from an internet search of なさい→んしゃい and を→ば, so feel free to correct me if you recognize the dialect. The radio show is called Toshio Ozawa's invitation to folk tales (小澤俊夫 昔話へのご招待 Toshi Ozawa -invition to the folk tale-)… Continue reading The Story of Yamanba

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Red Hanten 半纏

*A hanten is a traditional Japanese short winter coat. "One day a middle school girl went to use the toilet. When she was ready to wipe, she heard an old woman say 'Shall I dress you in a red hanten?' She became frightened and asked a teacher about the voice. The teacher used the toilet… Continue reading Red Hanten 半纏