Japanese folktales

Japanese folktales

Japanese folklore has remained a topic of interest for people across the world. Many stories that originated from Japan have inspired horror movies, graphic novels, anime, manga, and books, often because the stories’ characters make a lasting impression. An interest in Japanese culture and enthusiasm for sharing their traditions with other countries led to the publication of several books in the earlier 20th century, including Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales by Grace James and Child-Life in Japan by Matilda Chaplin Ayrton. Both were authored by women who weren’t native citizens of Japan, but had come to the country and fell in love with the culture.


My Lord Bag of Rice

The tongue-cut sparrow

The story of Urashima Taro, the fisher lad

The farmer and the badger

The shinansha, of the South pointing carriage

The adventures of Kintaro, the golden boy

The story of princess Hase. A story of old Japan

The story of the man who did not wish to die

The bamboo-cutter and the moon-child

The mirror of Matsuyama. A story of old Japan

The goblin of Adachigahara

The sagacious monkey and the boar

The happy hunter and the skillful fisher

The story of the old man who made the withered trees to flower

The jelly fish and the monkey

The quarrel of the monkey and the crab

The white hare and the crocodiles

The story of prince Yamato Take

Momotaro, or the story of the son of a peach

The ogre of Rashomon

How an old man lost his wen

The stones of five colors and the empress Jokwa

Author: Yei Theodora Ozaki

Japanese folktales

Green Willow

The Flute

The Tea-Kettle

The Peony Lantern

The Sea King and the Magic Jewels

The Good Thunder

The Black Bowl

The Star Lovers



The Story of Susa, the Impetuous

The Wind in the Pine Tree

Flower of the Peony

The Mallet

The Bell of Dōjōji

The Maiden of Unai

The Robe of Feathers

The Singing Bird of Heaven

The Cold Lady

The Fire Quest

A Legend of Kwannon

The Espousal of the Rat's Daughter

The Land of Yomi

The Spring Lover and the Autumn Lover

The Strange Story of the Golden Comb

The Jelly-Fish takes a Journey


Tamamo, the Fox Maiden


The Matsuyama Mirror

Broken Images

The Nurse

The Beautiful Dancer of Yedo


The Moon Maiden


The Sad Story of the Yaoya's Daughter

Author: Grace James

Japanese folktales

Child-Life in Japan and Japanese Child Stories

First Month

The Chrysanthemum Show


The Filial Girl

The Parsley Queen

The Two Daughters

Second Sight

Author: Mrs. M. Chaplin Ayrton

Japanese folktales

Momotaro or Little Peachling

Author: Anonymous