By Hiroshi Naito
Rich in type, Legends of Japan comprises stories of the supernatural, magic, and deities, in addition to stories of romance and intrigue. The vividness and aesthetic charm of those tales is improved through twenty-two woodblock prints from the studio of contemporary jap illustrator Masahiko Nishin.
The stories are drawn from eastern masterpieces of the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1192-1333) sessions. the sooner and major resource is 31-volume Konjaku Monogatari, a suite of stories of eastern, chinese language and Indian beginning. the opposite resource is the miscellany Tsurezure Gusa, by way of Kento Yoshida, a monk of noble delivery who was once good versed in eastern and chinese language literature. A reader's pride, those little books distills the colour and style, the knowledge and humor of 2 nice treasuries of classical Asian literature.
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