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Tales of Old Japan

Lord Redesdale (1837-1916)

1. 00 Preface
2. 01 The Forty-Seven Ronins, part 1
3. 02 The Forty-Seven Ronins, part 2
4. 03 The Loves of Gompachi and Komurasaki, part 1
5. 04 The Loves of Gompachi and Komurasaki, part 2
6. 05 Kazuma's Revenge
7. 06 Story of the Otokodate of Yedo, part 1
8. 07 Story of the Otokodate of Yedo, part 2
9. 08 Story of the Otokodate of Yedo, part 3
10. 09 Story of the Otokodate of Yedo, part 4
11. 10 Story of the Otokodate of Yedo, part 5
12. 11 The Wonderful Adventures of Funakoshi Jiuyemon, part 1
13. 12 The Wonderful Adventures of Funakoshi Jiuyemon, part 2
14. 13 The Eta Maiden and the Hatamoto, part 1
15. 14 The Eta Maiden and the Hatamoto, part 2
16. 15 Fairy Tales
17. 16 The Tongue Cut Sparrow
18. 17 The Accomplished and Lucky Teakettle
19. 18 The Crackling Mountain
20. 19 The Story of the Old Man Who Made Withered Trees to Blossom
21. 20 The Battle of the Ape and the Crab
22. 21 The Adventures of Little Peachling
23. 22 The Foxes' Wedding
24. 23 The History of Sataka Kintoki
25. 24 The Elves and the Envious Neighbor
26. 25 The Ghost of Sakura, part 1
27. 26 The Ghost of Sakura, part 2
28. 27 The Ghost of Sakura, part 3
29. 28 The Ghost of Sakura, part 4
30. 29 How Tajima Shume was Tormented by a Devil of his Own Creation
31. 30 Concerning Certain Superstitions
32. 31 The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima
33. 32 The Story of the Faithful Cat
34. 33 How a Man was Bewitched and had His Head Shaved by the Foxes
35. 34 The Grateful Foxes
36. 35 The Badger's Money
37. 36 The Prince and the Badger
38. 37 Japanese Sermons
39. 38 Sermon I
40. 39 Sermon II
41. 40 Sermon III
42. 41 Appendix A: An Account of the Hara-Kiri, part 1
43. 42 Appendix A: An Account of the Hara-Kiri, part 2
44. 43 Appendix A: An Account of the Hara-Kiri, part 3
45. 44 Appendix B: The Marriage Ceremony
46. 45 Appendix B: On the Birth and Bearing of Children
47. 46 Appendix B: Funeral Rites

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Summary

Tales of Old Japan by Lord Redesdale is a collection of short stories focusing on Japanese life of the Edo period (1603 - 1868). It contains a number of classic Japanese stories, fairy tales, and other folklore; as well as Japanese sermons and non-fiction pieces on special ceremonies in Japanese life, such as marriage and harakiri, as observed by Lord Redesdale. The best know story of these is "The Forty-seven Ronins" a true account of samurai revenge as it happened at the beginning of 18th century Japan. Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale (1837 - 1916) was a British diplomat, collector and writer. He worked in Japan as second secretary to the British Legation at the time of the Meiji Restoration. He wrote Tales of Old Japan in 1871.