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Japanese Fox Stories
Come and Sleep
(and On a Contest Between Women of Extraordinary Strength)
The very first fox story in Japan, and the model
for every fox-wife story that came after it.
of Old Japan, by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford [find
Foxes' Wedding (illustrated)
How a Man Was Bewitched
and Had His Head Shaved by the Foxes
The Grateful Foxes
of Unfamiliar Japan, by Lafcadio Hearn [find
chapter on kitsune from Lafcadio Hearn's classic of Japanese
the Woodsman and the Old Priest
Tokutaro Was Deluded by Foxes
Fox and the Tanuki
Death Stone (i.e., Tamamo-no-Mae)
Answers a Woman's Prayer
Japan's Fox of Mystery, Romance & Humor
A PDF copy of a rare and out-of-print book on kitsune by a Japanese
Fox in the Brothel
Collection of Kitsune Lore
Short Kitsune Stories
Fables in Ivory
Where else can I find Japanese fox tales?
Hearn, Lafcadio. Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan. Boston: Tuttle
Publishing. 1997. [find
Kusano Eisaburo. Weird Tales of Old Japan. Tokyo: Tokyo
News Service, 1953. [find
Mayer, Fanny Hagin. (translator and ed.). The Yanagita Kunio
Guide to the Japanese Folk Tale. Bloomington: Indiana University
Press. 1948. [find
Mayer, Fanny Hagin. (translator) Ancient Tales in Modern Japan:
An Anthology of Japanese Folk Tales. Bloomington: Indiana University
Press. 1984. [find
Mitford, A.B. Tales of Old Japan. Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1977.
Nakamura, Kyoko Motomochi. Miraculous Stories from the Japanese
Buddhist Tradition: The Nihon Ryouiki of the Monk Kyoukai. Cambridge,
MA: Harvard University Press, 1973. [find
Sleep (and On a Contest Between Women of Extraordinary Strength)
Nozaki, Kiyoshi. Kitsune: Japan's Fox of Mystery, Romance &
Humor. The Hokuseido Press, 1961. [Read
That rarest of rare things, a book of Japanese
folklore written by an actual Japanese scholar, and not a Western
Nihonophile. Unfortunately, because of this, Kitsune is hampered
by an extraordinarily awkward and sometimes outright bad translation,
which makes the writing mawkish and clunky. Nozaki also comes to a number of unorthodox conclusions (such as that sex with a fox always hurts) and doesn't make a clear distinction between mainstream Japanese beliefs and beliefs that appear in a single source (such as the idea that foxes create will o' the wisps with their breath rather than with their tails). Still, Kitsune
is the collection of Japanese fox tales.
Tyler, Royall. (ed. and trans.) Japanese Tales. New York:
Pantheon. 1987. [find
Foxes I #80-84; Foxes II #205-209; 124-125.
Also, a large chunk of this book is online at Amazon.com.
Ury, Marian. Tales of Times Now Past: Sixty-two Stories from
a Medieval Japanese Collection. Berkeley: University of California
Press. 1979. [find
Foxes in Kabuki Plays
Kakuzo, Okakura. The
An English version of the story of Kuzunoha,
as written by a Japanese poet for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
in 1913. The story is different from the standard telling in that
the fox takes the place of the real Kuzunoha in order to outwit
Kuzunoha's enemies and then take Kuzunoha's husband.
by Yamada Kengyo
A retelling of the story of the Killing Stone,
composed as a song for the koto. This version of Tamamo no Mae's
story connects Tamamo no Mae with the legendary Chinese dragon-queen
Pao Sze, who toppled
King Yu Wang of Chou in 771 BCE.
9 - Sesshoseki
Several translations and a detailed discussion
of Basho Matsuo's late 17th-century poem "Narrow Road to the
Deep North," a travel diary in which he visited the famous
Killing Stone where Tamamo no Mae was trapped.
Foxes in Noh Plays
Sesshouseki ("The Killing Stone")
A retelling of "Tamamonomae." Translated
in Basil Hall Chamberlin, The Classical Poetry of Japan (London:
Trubner,1880), "The Death-Stone" (Sesshouseki).