Myths & Legends of Japan
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Myths & Legends of Japan
By F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
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  • MYTHS & LEGENDS OF JAPAN
    • BY
    • F. HADLAND DAVIS
      • AUTHOR OF "THE LAND OF THE YELLOW SPRING AND OTHER
        • JAPANESE STORIES" "THE PERSIAN MYSTICS" ETC.
        • WITH THIRTY-TWO FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS
        • BY
        • EVELYN PAUL
        • PREFACE
        • CONTENTS
        • INTRODUCTION
      • JAPANESE STORIES" "THE PERSIAN MYSTICS" ETC.
      • WITH THIRTY-TWO FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS
      • BY
      • EVELYN PAUL
      • PREFACE
      • CONTENTS
      • INTRODUCTION
      • CHAPTER I: THE PERIOD OF THE GODS
        • In the Beginning
        • Izanagi and Izanami
        • Ama-terasu and Susa-no-o
        • Susa-no-o and the Serpent
        • The Divine Messengers
        • The Coming of the August Grandchild
        • In the Palace of the Sea God
        • Hoderi and Hoori Reconciled
      • In the Beginning
      • Izanagi and Izanami
      • Ama-terasu and Susa-no-o
      • Susa-no-o and the Serpent
      • The Divine Messengers
      • The Coming of the August Grandchild
      • In the Palace of the Sea God
      • Hoderi and Hoori Reconciled
      • CHAPTER II: HEROES AND WARRIORS
        • Yorimasa
        • Yoshitsune and Benkei
        • Yoshitsune and the Taira
        • Yoshitsune and Benkei Fight
        • The Goblin of Oyeyama
        • Raiko Slays the Goblin
        • The Goblin Spider
        • Another Version
        • The Adventures of Prince Yamato Take
        • The Wooden Sword
        • The "Grass-Cleaving-Sword"
        • The Sacrifice of Ototachibana
        • The Slaying of the Serpent
        • The Adventures of Momotaro
        • The Triumph of Momotaro
        • "My Lord Bag of Rice"
      • Yorimasa
      • Yoshitsune and Benkei
      • Yoshitsune and the Taira
      • Yoshitsune and Benkei Fight
      • The Goblin of Oyeyama
      • Raiko Slays the Goblin
      • The Goblin Spider
      • Another Version
      • The Adventures of Prince Yamato Take
      • The Wooden Sword
      • The "Grass-Cleaving-Sword"
      • The Sacrifice of Ototachibana
      • The Slaying of the Serpent
      • The Adventures of Momotaro
      • The Triumph of Momotaro
      • "My Lord Bag of Rice"
      • CHAPTER III: THE BAMBOO-CUTTER AND THE MOON-MAIDEN
        • The Coming of the Lady Kaguya
        • The Wooing of the "Precious-Slender-Bamboo-of-the-Field-of-Autumn"
        • The Begging-bowl of the Lord Buddha
        • The Jewel-bearing Branch of Mount Horai
        • The Flameproof Fur-Robe
        • The Jewel in the Dragon's Head
        • The Royal Hunt[1]
        • The Celestial Robe of Feathers
      • The Coming of the Lady Kaguya
      • The Wooing of the "Precious-Slender-Bamboo-of-the-Field-of-Autumn"
      • The Begging-bowl of the Lord Buddha
      • The Jewel-bearing Branch of Mount Horai
      • The Flameproof Fur-Robe
      • The Jewel in the Dragon's Head
      • The Royal Hunt[1]
      • The Celestial Robe of Feathers
      • CHAPTER IV: BUDDHA LEGENDS
        • The Legend of the Golden Lotus
      • The Legend of the Golden Lotus
      • CHAPTER V: FOX LEGENDS
        • Inari, the Fox God
        • Demoniacal Possession
        • The Death-Stone[4]
        • How Tokutaro was Deluded by Foxes
        • A Fox's Gratitude
        • Inari Answers a Woman's Prayer
        • The Meanness of Raiko
      • Inari, the Fox God
      • Demoniacal Possession
      • The Death-Stone[4]
      • How Tokutaro was Deluded by Foxes
      • A Fox's Gratitude
      • Inari Answers a Woman's Prayer
      • The Meanness of Raiko
      • CHAPTER VI: JIZŌ, THE GOD OF CHILDREN
        • The Significance of Jizō
        • At Jizō's Shrine
        • Jizō and Lafcadio Hearn
        • "The Dry Bed of the River of Souls"
        • The Legend of the Humming of the Sai-no-Kawara
        • The Cave of the Children's Ghosts
        • The Fountain of Jizō
        • How Jizō Remembered
      • The Significance of Jizō
      • At Jizō's Shrine
      • Jizō and Lafcadio Hearn
      • "The Dry Bed of the River of Souls"
      • The Legend of the Humming of the Sai-no-Kawara
      • The Cave of the Children's Ghosts
      • The Fountain of Jizō
      • How Jizō Remembered
      • CHAPTER VII: LEGEND IN JAPANESE ART
        • The Significance of Japanese Art
        • The Gods of Good Fortune
        • The Treasure Ship
        • The Miraculous in Japanese Art
        • Hokusai
        • Ghosts and Goblins
        • A Garden of Skulls
        • The Dream of Rose[2]
        • A Kakemono Ghost[3]
        • Kimi Finds Peace
      • The Significance of Japanese Art
      • The Gods of Good Fortune
      • The Treasure Ship
      • The Miraculous in Japanese Art
      • Hokusai
      • Ghosts and Goblins
      • A Garden of Skulls
      • The Dream of Rose[2]
      • A Kakemono Ghost[3]
      • Kimi Finds Peace
      • CHAPTER VIII: THE STAR LOVERS AND THE ROBE OF FEATHERS
        • The Star Lovers
        • The Robe of Feathers[1]
        • The Moon-Lady's Song
      • The Star Lovers
      • The Robe of Feathers[1]
      • The Moon-Lady's Song
      • CHAPTER IX: LEGENDS OF MOUNT FUJI
        • The Mountain of the Lotus and the Fan
        • The Deities of Fuji
        • Fuji, the Abode of the Elixir of Life
        • Sentaro's Visit to the Land of Perpetual Youth
        • The Goddess of Fuji
        • The Rip van Winkle of Old Japan
        • The Adventures of Visu
        • Visu's Return
      • The Mountain of the Lotus and the Fan
      • The Deities of Fuji
      • Fuji, the Abode of the Elixir of Life
      • Sentaro's Visit to the Land of Perpetual Youth
      • The Goddess of Fuji
      • The Rip van Winkle of Old Japan
      • The Adventures of Visu
      • Visu's Return
      • CHAPTER X: BELLS
        • The Bell of Enkakuji
        • The Return of Ono-no-Kimi
        • The Giant Priest
        • A Woman and the Bell of Miidera
        • Benkei and the Bell
        • Karma
        • A Bell and the Power of Karma
      • The Bell of Enkakuji
      • The Return of Ono-no-Kimi
      • The Giant Priest
      • A Woman and the Bell of Miidera
      • Benkei and the Bell
      • Karma
      • A Bell and the Power of Karma
      • CHAPTER XI: YUKI-ONNA, THE LADY OF THE SNOW
        • Yuki'Onna
        • The Snow-Bride
        • Kyuzaemon's Ghostly Visitor
      • Yuki'Onna
      • The Snow-Bride
      • Kyuzaemon's Ghostly Visitor
      • CHAPTER XII: FLOWERS AND GARDENS
        • Japanese and English Gardens
        • The Love of Flowers, its Growth and Symbolism
        • Japanese Gardens
        • Nature in Miniature
        • The Pine-tree
        • A Great Nature-lover
        • The Festival of the Dead
        • The Japanese Flag and the Chrysanthemum
        • Lady White and Lady Yellow
        • "Chrysanthemum-Old-Man"[4]
        • The Violet Well
        • The Ghost of the Lotus Lily
        • The Spirit of the Peony
      • Japanese and English Gardens
      • The Love of Flowers, its Growth and Symbolism
      • Japanese Gardens
      • Nature in Miniature
      • The Pine-tree
      • A Great Nature-lover
      • The Festival of the Dead
      • The Japanese Flag and the Chrysanthemum
      • Lady White and Lady Yellow
      • "Chrysanthemum-Old-Man"[4]
      • The Violet Well
      • The Ghost of the Lotus Lily
      • The Spirit of the Peony
      • CHAPTER XIII: TREES
        • Cherry and Plum
        • The Camellia
        • The Cryptomeria
        • A Pine-tree and the God of Roads
        • A Tree Spirit
        • The Miraculous Chestnut
        • The Silent Pine
        • Willow Wife[3]
        • The Tree of the One-eyed Priest
        • The Burning of Three Dwarf Trees
        • The Pine-tree Lovers
      • Cherry and Plum
      • The Camellia
      • The Cryptomeria
      • A Pine-tree and the God of Roads
      • A Tree Spirit
      • The Miraculous Chestnut
      • The Silent Pine
      • Willow Wife[3]
      • The Tree of the One-eyed Priest
      • The Burning of Three Dwarf Trees
      • The Pine-tree Lovers
      • CHAPTER XIV: MIRRORS
        • The Significance of Japanese Mirrors
        • Hidari Jingorō
        • The Divine Mirror
        • The Soul of a Mirror
        • A Mirror and a Bell
        • The Mirror of Matsuyama
      • The Significance of Japanese Mirrors
      • Hidari Jingorō
      • The Divine Mirror
      • The Soul of a Mirror
      • A Mirror and a Bell
      • The Mirror of Matsuyama
      • CHAPTER XV: KWANNON AND BENTEN. DAIKOKU, EBISU, AND HOTEI
        • Kwannon
        • Kwannon in Chinese Myth
        • An Incarnation of Kwannon
        • Kwannon the Mother
        • The "Thirty-three Places" Sacred to Kwannon
        • The "Hall of the Second Moon"
        • Kwannon and the Deer
        • Benten
        • Benten and the Dragon
        • Benten-of-the-Birth-Water
        • Daikoku
        • Daikoku's Rat
        • The Six Daikoku
        • Ebisu
        • Hotei
      • Kwannon
      • Kwannon in Chinese Myth
      • An Incarnation of Kwannon
      • Kwannon the Mother
      • The "Thirty-three Places" Sacred to Kwannon
      • The "Hall of the Second Moon"
      • Kwannon and the Deer
      • Benten
      • Benten and the Dragon
      • Benten-of-the-Birth-Water
      • Daikoku
      • Daikoku's Rat
      • The Six Daikoku
      • Ebisu
      • Hotei
      • CHAPTER XVI: DOLLS AND BUTTERFLIES
        • The English and Japanese Doll
        • Live Dolls
        • A Doll's Last Resting-place
        • Butterflies
        • Butterflies of Good and Evil Omen
        • "The Flying Hairpin of Kochō"
        • The White Butterfly
      • The English and Japanese Doll
      • Live Dolls
      • A Doll's Last Resting-place
      • Butterflies
      • Butterflies of Good and Evil Omen
      • "The Flying Hairpin of Kochō"
      • The White Butterfly
      • CHAPTER XVII: FESTIVALS
        • The New Year
        • The Boys' Festival
        • The Festival of the Dead
        • The Laughing Festival of Wasa
        • The Torii
        • "The Footstool of the King"
      • The New Year
      • The Boys' Festival
      • The Festival of the Dead
      • The Laughing Festival of Wasa
      • The Torii
      • "The Footstool of the King"
      • CHAPTER XVIII: THE PEONY LANTERN[1]
        • "Morning-Dew"
        • The Dead Return
        • A Spy
        • Yusai's Advice
        • The Mystery is Revealed
        • Holy Charms
        • The Betrayal
      • "Morning-Dew"
      • The Dead Return
      • A Spy
      • Yusai's Advice
      • The Mystery is Revealed
      • Holy Charms
      • The Betrayal
      • CHAPTER XIX: KŌBŌ DAISHI, NICHIREN, AND SHŌDŌ SHONIN
        • The "Namudaishi"
        • "A Divine Prodigy"
        • Gohitsu-Oshō
        • Writing on Sky and Water
        • How Kōbō Daishi Painted the Ten
        • Kino Momoye and Onomo Toku
        • Kōbō Daishi's Return
        • The Death of Kōbō Daishi
        • A Miraculous Image
        • Nichiren
        • Shōdō Shonin
      • The "Namudaishi"
      • "A Divine Prodigy"
      • Gohitsu-Oshō
      • Writing on Sky and Water
      • How Kōbō Daishi Painted the Ten
      • Kino Momoye and Onomo Toku
      • Kōbō Daishi's Return
      • The Death of Kōbō Daishi
      • A Miraculous Image
      • Nichiren
      • Shōdō Shonin
      • CHAPTER XX: FANS
        • The Significance of the Japanese Fan
        • The Love of Asagao
      • The Significance of the Japanese Fan
      • The Love of Asagao
      • CHAPTER XXI: THUNDER
        • Raiden
        • The Thunder Animal
        • The Thunder Bird and Thunder Woman
        • A Strange Belief
        • The Child of the Thunder God
        • Shokuro and the Thunder God
      • Raiden
      • The Thunder Animal
      • The Thunder Bird and Thunder Woman
      • A Strange Belief
      • The Child of the Thunder God
      • Shokuro and the Thunder God
      • CHAPTER XXII: ANIMAL LEGENDS
        • Magical Animals
        • The Hare
        • The White Hare of Inaba
        • The Crackling Mountain
        • The Badger
        • Kadzutoyo and the Badger
        • The Miraculous Tea-kettle
        • The Cat
        • The Vampire Cat
        • The Dog
        • Shippeitarō and the Phantom Cats
        • The Old Man Who Made the Trees to Blossom
        • The Jelly-fish and the Monkey [1]
        • The Horse of Bronze
      • Magical Animals
      • The Hare
      • The White Hare of Inaba
      • The Crackling Mountain
      • The Badger
      • Kadzutoyo and the Badger
      • The Miraculous Tea-kettle
      • The Cat
      • The Vampire Cat
      • The Dog
      • Shippeitarō and the Phantom Cats
      • The Old Man Who Made the Trees to Blossom
      • The Jelly-fish and the Monkey [1]
      • The Horse of Bronze
      • CHAPTER XXIII: BIRD AND INSECT LEGENDS
        • Birds
        • The Cock
        • How Yoritomo was Saved by Two Doves
        • The Hototogisu
        • The Tongue-cut Sparrow
        • A Noble Sacrifice
        • A Pair of Phoenix
        • Insects
        • Dragon-flies
        • Tama's Return
        • Sanemori and Shiwan
        • Fireflies
        • A Strange Dream
        • The Vengeance of Kanshiro[2]
      • Birds
      • The Cock
      • How Yoritomo was Saved by Two Doves
      • The Hototogisu
      • The Tongue-cut Sparrow
      • A Noble Sacrifice
      • A Pair of Phoenix
      • Insects
      • Dragon-flies
      • Tama's Return
      • Sanemori and Shiwan
      • Fireflies
      • A Strange Dream
      • The Vengeance of Kanshiro[2]
      • CHAPTER XXIV: CONCERNING TEA[1]
        • Tea-drinking in England and Japan
        • Tea in China
        • Luwuh and the "Chaking"
        • The Japanese Tea Ceremony
        • The Passing of Rikiu
        • The Legend of the Tea-plant[3]
        • Daruma
      • Tea-drinking in England and Japan
      • Tea in China
      • Luwuh and the "Chaking"
      • The Japanese Tea Ceremony
      • The Passing of Rikiu
      • The Legend of the Tea-plant[3]
      • Daruma
      • CHAPTER XXV: LEGENDS OF THE WEIRD[1]
        • "Hōïchi-the-Earless"
        • The Corpse-eater
        • The Ghost Mother
        • The Futon of Tottori
        • The Return
        • A Test of Love
      • "Hōïchi-the-Earless"
      • The Corpse-eater
      • The Ghost Mother
      • The Futon of Tottori
      • The Return
      • A Test of Love
      • CHAPTER XXVI: THREE MAIDENS
        • The Maiden of Unai
        • The Grave of the Maiden of Unai
        • The Maiden of Katsushika
        • The Maiden with the Wooden Bowl
      • The Maiden of Unai
      • The Grave of the Maiden of Unai
      • The Maiden of Katsushika
      • The Maiden with the Wooden Bowl
      • CHAPTER XXVII: LEGENDS OF THE SEA
        • The Tide of the Returning Ghosts
        • Urashima
        • Urashima and the Tortoise
        • In the Sea King's Palace
        • The Home-coming of Urashima
        • The Land of the Morning Calm
        • The Tide Jewels
        • The Gift of the Dragon King
        • The Voyage
        • The Throwing of the Tide Jewels
        • Prince Ojin
        • The Slaughter of the Sea Serpent[3]
        • The Spirit of the Sword
        • The Love of O Cho San
        • The Spirit of the Great Awabi
      • The Tide of the Returning Ghosts
      • Urashima
      • Urashima and the Tortoise
      • In the Sea King's Palace
      • The Home-coming of Urashima
      • The Land of the Morning Calm
      • The Tide Jewels
      • The Gift of the Dragon King
      • The Voyage
      • The Throwing of the Tide Jewels
      • Prince Ojin
      • The Slaughter of the Sea Serpent[3]
      • The Spirit of the Sword
      • The Love of O Cho San
      • The Spirit of the Great Awabi
      • CHAPTER XXVIII: SUPERSTITIONS
        • Japanese Superstition
        • Human Sacrifice
        • Classical Divination
        • Other Forms of Divination
        • Unlucky Years and Days
        • Children
        • Charms
        • The Beckoning Leaf
        • Bimbogami
      • Japanese Superstition
      • Human Sacrifice
      • Classical Divination
      • Other Forms of Divination
      • Unlucky Years and Days
      • Children
      • Charms
      • The Beckoning Leaf
      • Bimbogami
      • CHAPTER XXIX: SUPERNATURAL BEINGS
        • The Kappa
        • The Kappa's Promise
        • The Tengu
        • Tobikawa Imitates a Tengu
        • The Adventures of Kiuchi Heizayemon
        • A Modern Belief in the Tengu
        • The Mountain Woman and the Mountain Man
        • Sennin
        • Sennin in Art
        • Miraculous Lights
        • A Globe of Fire
        • The Ghostly Wrestlers
        • Baku
        • The Shojō's White Saké[2]
        • The Dragon
      • The Kappa
      • The Kappa's Promise
      • The Tengu
      • Tobikawa Imitates a Tengu
      • The Adventures of Kiuchi Heizayemon
      • A Modern Belief in the Tengu
      • The Mountain Woman and the Mountain Man
      • Sennin
      • Sennin in Art
      • Miraculous Lights
      • A Globe of Fire
      • The Ghostly Wrestlers
      • Baku
      • The Shojō's White Saké[2]
      • The Dragon
      • CHAPTER XXX: THE TRANSFORMATION OF ISSUNBOSHI, AND KINTARO, THE GOLDEN BOY
        • A Prayer to the Empress Jingo
        • "One-Inch Priest"
        • Issunboshi becomes a Page
        • An Encounter with Oni
        • The Magic Mallet
        • Kintaro, the Golden Boy
        • Animal Companions
        • A Famous Warrior
      • A Prayer to the Empress Jingo
      • "One-Inch Priest"
      • Issunboshi becomes a Page
      • An Encounter with Oni
      • The Magic Mallet
      • Kintaro, the Golden Boy
      • Animal Companions
      • A Famous Warrior
      • CHAPTER XXXI: MISCELLANEOUS LEGENDS
        • Kato Sayemon
        • How an Old Man lost his Wen
        • A Japanese Gulliver[1]
        • The Jewel-tears of Samébito
        • A NOTE ON JAPANESE POETRY
        • The Tanka and Hokku
        • The Hyaku-nin-isshiu
        • Love Poems
        • Nature Poems
        • Chōmei
        • GODS AND GODDESSES
        • GENEALOGY OF THE AGE OF THE GODS
        • BIBLIOGRAPHY
        • INDEX TO POETICAL QUOTATIONS
        • GLOSSARY AND INDEX
        • THE PRONUNCIATION OF JAPANESE NAMES
      • Kato Sayemon
      • How an Old Man lost his Wen
      • A Japanese Gulliver[1]
      • The Jewel-tears of Samébito
      • A NOTE ON JAPANESE POETRY
      • The Tanka and Hokku
      • The Hyaku-nin-isshiu
      • Love Poems
      • Nature Poems
      • Chōmei
      • GODS AND GODDESSES
      • GENEALOGY OF THE AGE OF THE GODS
      • BIBLIOGRAPHY
      • INDEX TO POETICAL QUOTATIONS
      • GLOSSARY AND INDEX
      • THE PRONUNCIATION OF JAPANESE NAMES
    • AUTHOR OF "THE LAND OF THE YELLOW SPRING AND OTHER
      • JAPANESE STORIES" "THE PERSIAN MYSTICS" ETC.
      • WITH THIRTY-TWO FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS
      • BY
      • EVELYN PAUL
      • PREFACE
      • CONTENTS
      • INTRODUCTION
    • JAPANESE STORIES" "THE PERSIAN MYSTICS" ETC.
    • WITH THIRTY-TWO FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS
    • BY
    • EVELYN PAUL
    • PREFACE
    • CONTENTS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • CHAPTER I: THE PERIOD OF THE GODS
      • In the Beginning
      • Izanagi and Izanami
      • Ama-terasu and Susa-no-o
      • Susa-no-o and the Serpent
      • The Divine Messengers
      • The Coming of the August Grandchild
      • In the Palace of the Sea God
      • Hoderi and Hoori Reconciled
    • In the Beginning
    • Izanagi and Izanami
    • Ama-terasu and Susa-no-o
    • Susa-no-o and the Serpent
    • The Divine Messengers
    • The Coming of the August Grandchild
    • In the Palace of the Sea God
    • Hoderi and Hoori Reconciled
    • CHAPTER II: HEROES AND WARRIORS
      • Yorimasa
      • Yoshitsune and Benkei
      • Yoshitsune and the Taira
      • Yoshitsune and Benkei Fight
      • The Goblin of Oyeyama
      • Raiko Slays the Goblin
      • The Goblin Spider
      • Another Version
      • The Adventures of Prince Yamato Take
      • The Wooden Sword
      • The "Grass-Cleaving-Sword"
      • The Sacrifice of Ototachibana
      • The Slaying of the Serpent
      • The Adventures of Momotaro
      • The Triumph of Momotaro
      • "My Lord Bag of Rice"
    • Yorimasa
    • Yoshitsune and Benkei
    • Yoshitsune and the Taira
    • Yoshitsune and Benkei Fight
    • The Goblin of Oyeyama
    • Raiko Slays the Goblin
    • The Goblin Spider
    • Another Version
    • The Adventures of Prince Yamato Take
    • The Wooden Sword
    • The "Grass-Cleaving-Sword"
    • The Sacrifice of Ototachibana
    • The Slaying of the Serpent
    • The Adventures of Momotaro
    • The Triumph of Momotaro
    • "My Lord Bag of Rice"
    • CHAPTER III: THE BAMBOO-CUTTER AND THE MOON-MAIDEN
      • The Coming of the Lady Kaguya
      • The Wooing of the "Precious-Slender-Bamboo-of-the-Field-of-Autumn"
      • The Begging-bowl of the Lord Buddha
      • The Jewel-bearing Branch of Mount Horai
      • The Flameproof Fur-Robe
      • The Jewel in the Dragon's Head
      • The Royal Hunt[1]
      • The Celestial Robe of Feathers
    • The Coming of the Lady Kaguya
    • The Wooing of the "Precious-Slender-Bamboo-of-the-Field-of-Autumn"
    • The Begging-bowl of the Lord Buddha
    • The Jewel-bearing Branch of Mount Horai
    • The Flameproof Fur-Robe
    • The Jewel in the Dragon's Head
    • The Royal Hunt[1]
    • The Celestial Robe of Feathers
    • CHAPTER IV: BUDDHA LEGENDS
      • The Legend of the Golden Lotus
    • The Legend of the Golden Lotus
    • CHAPTER V: FOX LEGENDS
      • Inari, the Fox God
      • Demoniacal Possession
      • The Death-Stone[4]
      • How Tokutaro was Deluded by Foxes
      • A Fox's Gratitude
      • Inari Answers a Woman's Prayer
      • The Meanness of Raiko
    • Inari, the Fox God
    • Demoniacal Possession
    • The Death-Stone[4]
    • How Tokutaro was Deluded by Foxes
    • A Fox's Gratitude
    • Inari Answers a Woman's Prayer
    • The Meanness of Raiko
    • CHAPTER VI: JIZŌ, THE GOD OF CHILDREN
      • The Significance of Jizō
      • At Jizō's Shrine
      • Jizō and Lafcadio Hearn
      • "The Dry Bed of the River of Souls"
      • The Legend of the Humming of the Sai-no-Kawara
      • The Cave of the Children's Ghosts
      • The Fountain of Jizō
      • How Jizō Remembered
    • The Significance of Jizō
    • At Jizō's Shrine
    • Jizō and Lafcadio Hearn
    • "The Dry Bed of the River of Souls"
    • The Legend of the Humming of the Sai-no-Kawara
    • The Cave of the Children's Ghosts
    • The Fountain of Jizō
    • How Jizō Remembered
    • CHAPTER VII: LEGEND IN JAPANESE ART
      • The Significance of Japanese Art
      • The Gods of Good Fortune
      • The Treasure Ship
      • The Miraculous in Japanese Art
      • Hokusai
      • Ghosts and Goblins
      • A Garden of Skulls
      • The Dream of Rose[2]
      • A Kakemono Ghost[3]
      • Kimi Finds Peace
    • The Significance of Japanese Art
    • The Gods of Good Fortune
    • The Treasure Ship
    • The Miraculous in Japanese Art
    • Hokusai
    • Ghosts and Goblins
    • A Garden of Skulls
    • The Dream of Rose[2]
    • A Kakemono Ghost[3]
    • Kimi Finds Peace
    • CHAPTER VIII: THE STAR LOVERS AND THE ROBE OF FEATHERS
      • The Star Lovers
      • The Robe of Feathers[1]
      • The Moon-Lady's Song
    • The Star Lovers
    • The Robe of Feathers[1]
    • The Moon-Lady's Song
    • CHAPTER IX: LEGENDS OF MOUNT FUJI
      • The Mountain of the Lotus and the Fan
      • The Deities of Fuji
      • Fuji, the Abode of the Elixir of Life
      • Sentaro's Visit to the Land of Perpetual Youth
      • The Goddess of Fuji
      • The Rip van Winkle of Old Japan
      • The Adventures of Visu
      • Visu's Return
    • The Mountain of the Lotus and the Fan
    • The Deities of Fuji
    • Fuji, the Abode of the Elixir of Life
    • Sentaro's Visit to the Land of Perpetual Youth
    • The Goddess of Fuji
    • The Rip van Winkle of Old Japan
    • The Adventures of Visu
    • Visu's Return
    • CHAPTER X: BELLS
      • The Bell of Enkakuji
      • The Return of Ono-no-Kimi
      • The Giant Priest
      • A Woman and the Bell of Miidera
      • Benkei and the Bell
      • Karma
      • A Bell and the Power of Karma
    • The Bell of Enkakuji
    • The Return of Ono-no-Kimi
    • The Giant Priest
    • A Woman and the Bell of Miidera
    • Benkei and the Bell
    • Karma
    • A Bell and the Power of Karma
    • CHAPTER XI: YUKI-ONNA, THE LADY OF THE SNOW
      • Yuki'Onna
      • The Snow-Bride
      • Kyuzaemon's Ghostly Visitor
    • Yuki'Onna
    • The Snow-Bride
    • Kyuzaemon's Ghostly Visitor
    • CHAPTER XII: FLOWERS AND GARDENS
      • Japanese and English Gardens
      • The Love of Flowers, its Growth and Symbolism
      • Japanese Gardens
      • Nature in Miniature
      • The Pine-tree
      • A Great Nature-lover
      • The Festival of the Dead
      • The Japanese Flag and the Chrysanthemum
      • Lady White and Lady Yellow
      • "Chrysanthemum-Old-Man"[4]
      • The Violet Well
      • The Ghost of the Lotus Lily
      • The Spirit of the Peony
    • Japanese and English Gardens
    • The Love of Flowers, its Growth and Symbolism
    • Japanese Gardens
    • Nature in Miniature
    • The Pine-tree
    • A Great Nature-lover
    • The Festival of the Dead
    • The Japanese Flag and the Chrysanthemum
    • Lady White and Lady Yellow
    • "Chrysanthemum-Old-Man"[4]
    • The Violet Well
    • The Ghost of the Lotus Lily
    • The Spirit of the Peony
    • CHAPTER XIII: TREES
      • Cherry and Plum
      • The Camellia
      • The Cryptomeria
      • A Pine-tree and the God of Roads
      • A Tree Spirit
      • The Miraculous Chestnut
      • The Silent Pine
      • Willow Wife[3]
      • The Tree of the One-eyed Priest
      • The Burning of Three Dwarf Trees
      • The Pine-tree Lovers
    • Cherry and Plum
    • The Camellia
    • The Cryptomeria
    • A Pine-tree and the God of Roads
    • A Tree Spirit
    • The Miraculous Chestnut
    • The Silent Pine
    • Willow Wife[3]
    • The Tree of the One-eyed Priest
    • The Burning of Three Dwarf Trees
    • The Pine-tree Lovers
    • CHAPTER XIV: MIRRORS
      • The Significance of Japanese Mirrors
      • Hidari Jingorō
      • The Divine Mirror
      • The Soul of a Mirror
      • A Mirror and a Bell
      • The Mirror of Matsuyama
    • The Significance of Japanese Mirrors
    • Hidari Jingorō
    • The Divine Mirror
    • The Soul of a Mirror
    • A Mirror and a Bell
    • The Mirror of Matsuyama
    • CHAPTER XV: KWANNON AND BENTEN. DAIKOKU, EBISU, AND HOTEI
      • Kwannon
      • Kwannon in Chinese Myth
      • An Incarnation of Kwannon
      • Kwannon the Mother
      • The "Thirty-three Places" Sacred to Kwannon
      • The "Hall of the Second Moon"
      • Kwannon and the Deer
      • Benten
      • Benten and the Dragon
      • Benten-of-the-Birth-Water
      • Daikoku
      • Daikoku's Rat
      • The Six Daikoku
      • Ebisu
      • Hotei
    • Kwannon
    • Kwannon in Chinese Myth
    • An Incarnation of Kwannon
    • Kwannon the Mother
    • The "Thirty-three Places" Sacred to Kwannon
    • The "Hall of the Second Moon"
    • Kwannon and the Deer
    • Benten
    • Benten and the Dragon
    • Benten-of-the-Birth-Water
    • Daikoku
    • Daikoku's Rat
    • The Six Daikoku
    • Ebisu
    • Hotei
    • CHAPTER XVI: DOLLS AND BUTTERFLIES
      • The English and Japanese Doll
      • Live Dolls
      • A Doll's Last Resting-place
      • Butterflies
      • Butterflies of Good and Evil Omen
      • "The Flying Hairpin of Kochō"
      • The White Butterfly
    • The English and Japanese Doll
    • Live Dolls
    • A Doll's Last Resting-place
    • Butterflies
    • Butterflies of Good and Evil Omen
    • "The Flying Hairpin of Kochō"
    • The White Butterfly
    • CHAPTER XVII: FESTIVALS
      • The New Year
      • The Boys' Festival
      • The Festival of the Dead
      • The Laughing Festival of Wasa
      • The Torii
      • "The Footstool of the King"
    • The New Year
    • The Boys' Festival
    • The Festival of the Dead
    • The Laughing Festival of Wasa
    • The Torii
    • "The Footstool of the King"
    • CHAPTER XVIII: THE PEONY LANTERN[1]
      • "Morning-Dew"
      • The Dead Return
      • A Spy
      • Yusai's Advice
      • The Mystery is Revealed
      • Holy Charms
      • The Betrayal
    • "Morning-Dew"
    • The Dead Return
    • A Spy
    • Yusai's Advice
    • The Mystery is Revealed
    • Holy Charms
    • The Betrayal
    • CHAPTER XIX: KŌBŌ DAISHI, NICHIREN, AND SHŌDŌ SHONIN
      • The "Namudaishi"
      • "A Divine Prodigy"
      • Gohitsu-Oshō
      • Writing on Sky and Water
      • How Kōbō Daishi Painted the Ten
      • Kino Momoye and Onomo Toku
      • Kōbō Daishi's Return
      • The Death of Kōbō Daishi
      • A Miraculous Image
      • Nichiren
      • Shōdō Shonin
    • The "Namudaishi"
    • "A Divine Prodigy"
    • Gohitsu-Oshō
    • Writing on Sky and Water
    • How Kōbō Daishi Painted the Ten
    • Kino Momoye and Onomo Toku
    • Kōbō Daishi's Return
    • The Death of Kōbō Daishi
    • A Miraculous Image
    • Nichiren
    • Shōdō Shonin
    • CHAPTER XX: FANS
      • The Significance of the Japanese Fan
      • The Love of Asagao
    • The Significance of the Japanese Fan
    • The Love of Asagao
    • CHAPTER XXI: THUNDER
      • Raiden
      • The Thunder Animal
      • The Thunder Bird and Thunder Woman
      • A Strange Belief
      • The Child of the Thunder God
      • Shokuro and the Thunder God
    • Raiden
    • The Thunder Animal
    • The Thunder Bird and Thunder Woman
    • A Strange Belief
    • The Child of the Thunder God
    • Shokuro and the Thunder God
    • CHAPTER XXII: ANIMAL LEGENDS
      • Magical Animals
      • The Hare
      • The White Hare of Inaba
      • The Crackling Mountain
      • The Badger
      • Kadzutoyo and the Badger
      • The Miraculous Tea-kettle
      • The Cat
      • The Vampire Cat
      • The Dog
      • Shippeitarō and the Phantom Cats
      • The Old Man Who Made the Trees to Blossom
      • The Jelly-fish and the Monkey [1]
      • The Horse of Bronze
    • Magical Animals
    • The Hare
    • The White Hare of Inaba
    • The Crackling Mountain
    • The Badger
    • Kadzutoyo and the Badger
    • The Miraculous Tea-kettle
    • The Cat
    • The Vampire Cat
    • The Dog
    • Shippeitarō and the Phantom Cats
    • The Old Man Who Made the Trees to Blossom
    • The Jelly-fish and the Monkey [1]
    • The Horse of Bronze
    • CHAPTER XXIII: BIRD AND INSECT LEGENDS
      • Birds
      • The Cock
      • How Yoritomo was Saved by Two Doves
      • The Hototogisu
      • The Tongue-cut Sparrow
      • A Noble Sacrifice
      • A Pair of Phoenix
      • Insects
      • Dragon-flies
      • Tama's Return
      • Sanemori and Shiwan
      • Fireflies
      • A Strange Dream
      • The Vengeance of Kanshiro[2]
    • Birds
    • The Cock
    • How Yoritomo was Saved by Two Doves
    • The Hototogisu
    • The Tongue-cut Sparrow
    • A Noble Sacrifice
    • A Pair of Phoenix
    • Insects
    • Dragon-flies
    • Tama's Return
    • Sanemori and Shiwan
    • Fireflies
    • A Strange Dream
    • The Vengeance of Kanshiro[2]
    • CHAPTER XXIV: CONCERNING TEA[1]
      • Tea-drinking in England and Japan
      • Tea in China
      • Luwuh and the "Chaking"
      • The Japanese Tea Ceremony
      • The Passing of Rikiu
      • The Legend of the Tea-plant[3]
      • Daruma
    • Tea-drinking in England and Japan
    • Tea in China
    • Luwuh and the "Chaking"
    • The Japanese Tea Ceremony
    • The Passing of Rikiu
    • The Legend of the Tea-plant[3]
    • Daruma
    • CHAPTER XXV: LEGENDS OF THE WEIRD[1]
      • "Hōïchi-the-Earless"
      • The Corpse-eater
      • The Ghost Mother
      • The Futon of Tottori
      • The Return
      • A Test of Love
    • "Hōïchi-the-Earless"
    • The Corpse-eater
    • The Ghost Mother
    • The Futon of Tottori
    • The Return
    • A Test of Love
    • CHAPTER XXVI: THREE MAIDENS
      • The Maiden of Unai
      • The Grave of the Maiden of Unai
      • The Maiden of Katsushika
      • The Maiden with the Wooden Bowl
    • The Maiden of Unai
    • The Grave of the Maiden of Unai
    • The Maiden of Katsushika
    • The Maiden with the Wooden Bowl
    • CHAPTER XXVII: LEGENDS OF THE SEA
      • The Tide of the Returning Ghosts
      • Urashima
      • Urashima and the Tortoise
      • In the Sea King's Palace
      • The Home-coming of Urashima
      • The Land of the Morning Calm
      • The Tide Jewels
      • The Gift of the Dragon King
      • The Voyage
      • The Throwing of the Tide Jewels
      • Prince Ojin
      • The Slaughter of the Sea Serpent[3]
      • The Spirit of the Sword
      • The Love of O Cho San
      • The Spirit of the Great Awabi
    • The Tide of the Returning Ghosts
    • Urashima
    • Urashima and the Tortoise
    • In the Sea King's Palace
    • The Home-coming of Urashima
    • The Land of the Morning Calm
    • The Tide Jewels
    • The Gift of the Dragon King
    • The Voyage
    • The Throwing of the Tide Jewels
    • Prince Ojin
    • The Slaughter of the Sea Serpent[3]
    • The Spirit of the Sword
    • The Love of O Cho San
    • The Spirit of the Great Awabi
    • CHAPTER XXVIII: SUPERSTITIONS
      • Japanese Superstition
      • Human Sacrifice
      • Classical Divination
      • Other Forms of Divination
      • Unlucky Years and Days
      • Children
      • Charms
      • The Beckoning Leaf
      • Bimbogami
    • Japanese Superstition
    • Human Sacrifice
    • Classical Divination
    • Other Forms of Divination
    • Unlucky Years and Days
    • Children
    • Charms
    • The Beckoning Leaf
    • Bimbogami
    • CHAPTER XXIX: SUPERNATURAL BEINGS
      • The Kappa
      • The Kappa's Promise
      • The Tengu
      • Tobikawa Imitates a Tengu
      • The Adventures of Kiuchi Heizayemon
      • A Modern Belief in the Tengu
      • The Mountain Woman and the Mountain Man
      • Sennin
      • Sennin in Art
      • Miraculous Lights
      • A Globe of Fire
      • The Ghostly Wrestlers
      • Baku
      • The Shojō's White Saké[2]
      • The Dragon
    • The Kappa
    • The Kappa's Promise
    • The Tengu
    • Tobikawa Imitates a Tengu
    • The Adventures of Kiuchi Heizayemon
    • A Modern Belief in the Tengu
    • The Mountain Woman and the Mountain Man
    • Sennin
    • Sennin in Art
    • Miraculous Lights
    • A Globe of Fire
    • The Ghostly Wrestlers
    • Baku
    • The Shojō's White Saké[2]
    • The Dragon
    • CHAPTER XXX: THE TRANSFORMATION OF ISSUNBOSHI, AND KINTARO, THE GOLDEN BOY
      • A Prayer to the Empress Jingo
      • "One-Inch Priest"
      • Issunboshi becomes a Page
      • An Encounter with Oni
      • The Magic Mallet
      • Kintaro, the Golden Boy
      • Animal Companions
      • A Famous Warrior
    • A Prayer to the Empress Jingo
    • "One-Inch Priest"
    • Issunboshi becomes a Page
    • An Encounter with Oni
    • The Magic Mallet
    • Kintaro, the Golden Boy
    • Animal Companions
    • A Famous Warrior
    • CHAPTER XXXI: MISCELLANEOUS LEGENDS
      • Kato Sayemon
      • How an Old Man lost his Wen
      • A Japanese Gulliver[1]
      • The Jewel-tears of Samébito
      • A NOTE ON JAPANESE POETRY
      • The Tanka and Hokku
      • The Hyaku-nin-isshiu
      • Love Poems
      • Nature Poems
      • Chōmei
      • GODS AND GODDESSES
      • GENEALOGY OF THE AGE OF THE GODS
      • BIBLIOGRAPHY
      • INDEX TO POETICAL QUOTATIONS
      • GLOSSARY AND INDEX
      • THE PRONUNCIATION OF JAPANESE NAMES
    • Kato Sayemon
    • How an Old Man lost his Wen
    • A Japanese Gulliver[1]
    • The Jewel-tears of Samébito
    • A NOTE ON JAPANESE POETRY
    • The Tanka and Hokku
    • The Hyaku-nin-isshiu
    • Love Poems
    • Nature Poems
    • Chōmei
    • GODS AND GODDESSES
    • GENEALOGY OF THE AGE OF THE GODS
    • BIBLIOGRAPHY
    • INDEX TO POETICAL QUOTATIONS
    • GLOSSARY AND INDEX
    • THE PRONUNCIATION OF JAPANESE NAMES
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