japanese fairy tales

Arab Little Red Riding Hood with a red hijab

A Japanese Snow White with her coveted pale skin and shiny black hair

Mexican Cinderella with colorful Mexican glass blown slippers

Greek Beauty and the Beast where Beast is a minotaur

Culture-bent fairy tales that keep key canonical characteristics

EDIT: if you decide to draw or write about any of these, please pm the post with what you’ve made added. I really want to see what y'all make, but I won’t be able to find anything on my own with all these notes!


Here’s my graduation film from CalArts! Thanks to my friends and family who supported me along the way!

Watch other films made by my classmates: vimeo.com/channels/calartscharanimfilms2015

Fairy Tale Meme:

9 Heroines - [Princess Kaguya from Taketori Monogatari]

Suddenly the green grove of bamboos was flooded with a bright soft light, as if the full moon had risen over the spot. Looking round in astonishment, he saw that the brilliance was streaming from one bamboo. The old man, full of wonder, dropped his ax and went towards the light. On nearer approach he saw that this soft splendor came from a hollow in the green bamboo stem, and still more wonderful to behold, in the midst of the brilliance stood a tiny human being, only three inches in height, and exquisitely beautiful in appearance.

Fairy Tale Meme:

8 Heroes - [Urashima Taro]

“Have you ever seen Rin Gin, the Palace of the Dragon King of the Sea, Urashima?”

The fisherman shook his head and replied; “No; year after year the sea has been my home, but though I have often heard of the Dragon King’s realm under the sea I have never yet set eyes on that wonderful place. It must be very far away, if it exists at all!”

“Is that really so? You have never seen the Sea King’s Palace? Then you have missed seeing one of the most wonderful sights in the whole universe. It is far away at the bottom of the sea, but if I take you there we shall soon reach the place. If you would like to see the Sea King’s land I will be your guide.”


Japanese Fairy Tales (The Haunted Flute) Warwick Goble by Kathie McMillan

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Japanese folk tales #15: The White Fox
(find my tales tagged here or visit my blog for both english and french versions)

Once upon a time, in a faraway province of Japan, was a famous archer named Yazaemon.

The man was quiet and swift and his talent so great that the Lord of the land had appointed him Master of the Hunt.

One autumn day, as Yazaemon rode with the Lord along golden rice paddies, a white fox jumped out the bushes.

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Japanese folk tales #14: The Fox and the Dango
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Once upon a time, there was a tiny teahouse up in the mountains. Built just beside the road leading to the harsh mountain pass, the old owner seldom saw travelers and mostly spent his days farming.

One Autumn day though, a weary samurai came to stop. His tattered blue pants and straw shoes, covered with mud and fallen leaves, were a poor sight. Yet the young man had a noble posture and very refined manners. He called gently:

- Hello? Is there somebody here ?

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I randomly picked this book off the shelf and then couldn’t out it back. I love the end sheets inside the unassuming blue cloth binding! The artwork for the end sheets and frontispiece were done by Warwick Goble (1862-1943). Goble was a British children’s book illustrator. His style should look familiar. In 1909, he became the chief gift book illustrator for MacMillian illustrating The Water Babies, The Fairy Book, Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales, etc.

Printed in 1908 by Cassel and Co., Letters from an Ocean Tramp was William McFee’s (1881-1966) first published work. McFee was born at sea and spent the first part of his adult life as a marine engineer before becoming a writer. This first work is structured as a series of letters from a sailor monotonously working in the engine room of a ship.


PR6025.A225 L4 1908