The Forgotten Japanese: Encounters with Rural Life and Folklore
Tsuneichi Miyamoto (1907-1981), a leading Japanese folklore scholar and rural advocate, walked 160,000 kilometers to conduct interviews and capture a dying way of life. This collection of photos, vignettes, and life stories from pre- and postwar rural Japan is the first English translation of his modern Japanese classic. From blowfish to landslides, Miyamoto's stories come to life in Jeffrey Irish's fluid translation.
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"Though largely unknown in the West, Miyamoto Tsuneichi (1907-81) was a pioneering figure in the field of Japanese folklore studies, on a par with the legendary Yanagita Kunio. Fishermen, farmers, and itinerant peddlers regaled him with tales of local legends, sex, violence, natural disasters, and folk religion. Translator [Jeffrey] Irish, a resident of a rural Japanese village himself, brings a deft touch to the translation."--Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries