Like in any culture, Japanese kids grow up listening to the stories repeatedly told by their parents and grandparents. The boy born from a peach; the princess from the moon who is discovered inside a bamboo; the old man who can make a dead cherry tree blossom, etc. These short stories that teach kids to see both the dark and bright sides of life have passed traditional moral values from generation to generation.
The Old Man Who Made the Dead Trees Blossom / The Man Who Bought Dreams / The Rat Sutra
Little One Inch / The Rolling Rice Ball / The Cow's Marriage
The Old Man And His Bump / The Transforming Hood / The Love Potion
Strong Tarou / The Village of the Nightingales / Hirabayashi
Urashima Tarou / The Monkey Buddha / Comparing Treasures
Kintarou / The Two Squid / The Three Cry
The Fish Wife / The Rich Pond Snail / The Lying Girl
The Carpenter And Oniroku / The Bear And The Fox / The Priest And The Child Cross The River
Shippei-Tarou / The Son Who Went Up To Heaven / Who's The Laziest?
Sannen-Netarou / The Last Lie / Happy, Splendid, Wonderful!
The Wife Who Wouldn't Eat / The Snot-Nosed Boy / The Priest And The Boy Who Had To Pee!
The Furuya Forest / The Traveler's Horse / A Crow in the Dark of Night
This is my first review. As an Asian and an outsider to Japanese culture I enjoyed the short stories which reflected the Shinto and Buddhist culture beautifully. Some stories have a moral, others are meant to explain the reasons for certain customs/rituals/ habits for Japanese children to follow. It is primarily aimed at a Japanese audience in my opinion but I enjoyed them just the same - I kept thinking about how similar Indian folk tales were and how some mythical creatures were similar in depiction in contrast to western folklore. The animation is simplistic but serves the purpose of conveying a sense of antiquity to the story being narrated. The themes of the story vary over a wide range so it is difficult for me to give it a rating, besides I feel it would be too self-righteous of me to be ranking the storylines of folktales (these tales have existed for generations whether I like the story or not) . The animation style and quality varies from episode to episode.
Very cute little episodes about traditional folklore from Japanese culture. I started watching in the evening when I couldn't sleep, and I found it very appealing to teach about different cultures and religions, that I hadn't known so much about. Since its also told in short episodes, it's easy got anyone of many age ranges to understand and appreciate, despite being targeted towards small children.
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