Japanese Folk Tale

Japanese Folk Tale

Japanese Folk Tale


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12 The Yanagita Guide to the <strong>Japanese</strong> <strong>Folk</strong> <strong>Tale</strong><br />

Minamikanbara-gun: Kamuhara 188, "The mudsnail son" (Tsubu<br />

musuko).<br />

Ishikawa: Kaga 138, "Chibitar6."<br />

Gifu, Yoshiki-gun: MK II 10 26, "Yubitar6" [Finger Boy]. He was born<br />

in answer to the prayers of a farmer and his wife. He got into the<br />

ear of a horse and led it. He was swept from a cowshed and eaten<br />

by a cow. People thought it was a bad sign to hear a voice from<br />

the cow, and so it was killed, and Yubitaro was found in its<br />

stomach. Next, he was eaten by a wild dog. He led the dog to a<br />

chicken pen. The master killed the dog because its belly was big.<br />

Caution should be exercised because this seems to be a foreign<br />

tale.<br />

Hiroshima, Hiroshima City: Aki 90, "Daizu and the demon" (Daizu to<br />

oni). Daizu [Bean Boy] went on an expedition, fought a demon and<br />

won treasures. The carpenter next door tried to imitate him but<br />

failed.<br />

Aside from the name, this is like "Issun Boshi."<br />

Saeki-gun, Ogaki-mura: Geibi 48, "The magic mallet" (Uchide no<br />

kozuchi). About Mameichi.<br />

Toyota-gun: Aki 87, "Issun Boshi."<br />

Tokushima: Awa Iyayama 14, "Issun Boshi."<br />

Fukuoka, Kurate-gun: Fukuoka 71, "The ill-natured mother" (Shone<br />

waruki haha). A fragment. The ill-natured mother had a baby like<br />

a bean. He got a sack of rice and went into the mountains. His<br />

parents followed him and saw him walk into the lake with his clogs<br />

on and sit on the sack of rice to rest. This may have some connection<br />

with the Hiroshima story, "Daizu and the demon."<br />

Saga, Saga-gun: MK II 7 36, "Chinkoman-no-kohiyoro." A baby boy born<br />

from a log that floated downstream was named "Chinkoman-nokohiyoro."<br />

He set out to destroy a demon with a needle, a measuring<br />

stick and a bowl. He tied the demon to the ceiling and treasures<br />

came dropping down. The old neighbor's failure to imitate<br />

him is included.<br />

The tale is originally about a puppy and the part about destroying<br />

the demon has been inserted into it.<br />

Nagasaki, Kitatakaku-gun: MK II 10 47, "Mametar6"; Hogen shi 22 53<br />

"Mametar6. "<br />

Shimabara: Shimabara 152, "The son-in-law called Issunbo" (Issunbo<br />

no muko). A man about the size of a one-sho bottle of sake<br />

became the son-in-law of a choja, conquered Onigashima, brought<br />

home a magic mallet, turned into a handsome man, and prospered.<br />

The episodes about rice storehouses and burning one's own house<br />

go with it.<br />

Ikinoshima: (Old) Iki 179, "Mamego" (Mamego no hanashi).<br />

Kagoshima: Koshiki 70, "Issun B6shi."<br />

Kikaijima: Shima II 461, "Issun Kotar6."<br />

Okierabu: Okinoerabu 227, "Issunb6."<br />

Further reference:<br />

Mukashibanashi kenkyii. II 3 21, "Otogiz6shi kaisetsu" by Okami<br />

Masao. He discusses the tales "Kootoko no soshi" and "Himeyuri."<br />

Shans at home 3. A Tom Thumb story which resembles "The mudsnail<br />

son-in-law" of Iwate.

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