The tale of the bamboo cutter = Taketori monogatari / modern rewriting by Yasunari Kawabata ; translation by Donald Keene ; illustrations by Masayuki Miyata
- Uniform Title:
- Taketori monogatari. English & Japanese
- Tokyo : Kodansha International, 
- Copyright Date:
- "First edition, 1998".
- Physical Description:
- 177 pages : illustrations ; 15 x 23 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972, Keene, Donald, and Miyata, Masayuki, 1926-1997
- Kaguya-hime's childhood -- The suitors -- The stone begging-bowl of Buddha -- The jewelled branch from paradise -- The robe made of fire-rat fur -- The jewel in the dragon's neck -- The easy-delivery charm of the swallows -- The imperial hunt -- The celestial robe of feathers.
- Series of fairy tales about a young girl (Kaguya-hime) found inside a hollow bamboo stem.
- "Taketori monogatari" was probably written late in the ninth or early in the tenth century. It is the oldest surviving Japanese work of fiction; "The tale of Genji" (written about 1010) referred to it as the 'ancestor of all romances.' Today it is thought of mainly as a children's story, and Kaguya-hime, the heroine, looks in the illustrations as lovable as Snow-White or Cinderella; there is no suggestions [sic] of the heartlessness that is perhaps her most memorable feaure. -- Cf. Preface.
Japanese text and corresponding English translation on facing pages.
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