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The Three Tragedies of Tama River

These three stories are all from the Warring States Period in Japanese history, 1467 - 1573 CE. A name that pops up in all 3 of the stories is Hojo. The Hojo clan were the most powerful clan in the Kanto region until they were unseated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. And...I have totally been wondering about… Continue reading The Three Tragedies of Tama River

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Tales from an Elderly Woman from Ome

Main Reference: Tama River Folktales by Sakuhira Ishii, Arimine Shoten Publishing, 1976 Evidently, the author of the book above found a very old woman in a tea shop in the 1970s and got the following tales from her. I am particularly fond of the second story. I think it could have universal appeal? The Laughing… Continue reading Tales from an Elderly Woman from Ome

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Sentimental Tales from Tama River

Main Reference: Tama River Folktales by Sakuhira Ishii, Arimine Shoten Publishing, 1976 The Mysterious Sake Jug I think this is a mix of an old story in which Kanon-sama uses a mysterious sake jug and influence from Aladdin's lamp. Zack Davisson, who by the way maintains an excellent site which is a kind of evil… Continue reading Sentimental Tales from Tama River

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The Tama River Foxes

Main Reference: Tama River Folktales by Sakuhira Ishii, Arimine Shoten Publishing, 1976 In this story the author/compiler of the book gets "invited" to a fox story-telling competition. In Japanese folktales, foxes (kitsune) and raccoon dogs (tanuki) are often portrayed as able to change shape and cause hallucinations. Foxes are also associated with being able to… Continue reading The Tama River Foxes