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Japanese Mythology

A Captivating Guide to Japanese Folklore, Myths, Fairy Tales, Yokai, Heroes and Heroines
Narrated by: Dryw McArthur
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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Summary

Explore captivating myths of japanese deities, yokai, heroes, and heroines.

The study of mythology and folklore is a peculiar one to the extent that we are looking into things which are generally regarded as untrue yet critically important to a culture. We are also taking on the study of the “lore of the folk”, and this faces us with the question of exactly which folk we are talking about. Japan, of course, is a single nation, but its origins are so old, and often, so fragmented, that unified mythology and folklore can be difficult to point to. Still, in all, there are some key texts, tales, and characters we can focus on which will give us a pretty good sense of Japanese mythology.

In this audiobook, you'll discover stories of mystery, horror, and romance while simultaneously learning about the Japanese culture.

Within this audiobook, you'll find the following Japanese myths and topics covered 

  • The creation stories
  • The myths of origins
  • The journey to the underworld
  • The wanderings of Susano-o
  • The birth of Amaterasu, Trukuyumi, Susawono, and the Leech-Child
  • The story of the "Comb and the Curse"
  • Amaterasu and Susanowo
  • The contract of Amaterasu and Susawono
  • Stories of the three most evil yokai of Japan
  • Stories of helpful yokai
  • "My Lord Bag of Rice"
  • The story of Urashima Taro
  • The tale of the "Bamboo Cutter and Kaguya Hime"
  • The legend of Yamato Takeru
  • Contemporary versions of Japanese mythology
  • And more!

Get the audiobook now, and learn more about Japanese mythology

©2018 Matt Clayton (P)2018 Matt Clayton

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Avoid

This book is awful. It’s like it’s been read by google translate. The punctuation, grammar and sentence structure make this book extremely hard to follow, understand or absorb. There are long pauses, usually before Japanese names which makes it seem as though it’s the first time the narrator has ever seen them. Mistakes have not been edited out, they’re just included in the production. Avoid.

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Japanese Mythology

I consider this the closest thing that one can get to a Japanese version of Edith Hamilton. Yes, I know that it's not complete, and I still have to get a lot of Japanese folk stories, especially in relation to ghosts but I think it's a good way of seeing the roots of Japanese culture as a whole.

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Japan

The Japanese kana in the book are early enough to listen to and the additional English version (is not a literal translation) is easy too. I think for a person who is learning Japanese is a good way to get introduced to the most known fairy tales of Japan.

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Exactly What I Wanted

This book is exactly what I had been looking for to quench my thirst for knowledge of Japanese mythology.

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A summary, nothing more.

So stupidly short. I understand that japanease mythololgy is vage but having listened to this book, I have been left disappointed. Intensly short. like going to watch a movie but only getting the trailer instead. Pathetic. highly recommend you take your credit/money and pick up Scott Lewis's mythology omnibus. not only will you get a more detailed and interesting take on japanease mythology, but you will get a horde of mythologys from other cultures too.

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dont do it

The pronounciation of the names and places are so awful i could not finish it

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I Love The Myths

I truly love myths and legends from all countries even our own. If you love myths and legends from around the world, you will truly enjoy this book.

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Awesome History

Anybody who is history or myths buff will love this book. It goes into the Gods of Japan and how Japan was created by them. It tells of how the first king is related to the gods. It also goes into folk stories that every Japanese child knows.

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The Best

Good book indeed! Eclectic structure but easy enough to follow for the casual reader. Overall, a well researched piece of work.

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Its a WOW book

It is simply wow! I recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in Japanese culture.

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  • Anthony
  • 03-08-18

Please get a native speaker to read.

While the content of this book is great; the pronunciation is terrible. I can tell the reader is trying his best. His pronunciation isn’t even consistent between sentence to sentence. And there are obvious pauses while attempting to pronounce names which made it difficult to listen to. I would have much rather a native speaker read or someone with basic proficiency of the Japanese language read.

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  • Adam T.
  • 02-03-19

Narrator makes it difficult

The stories are interesting and intriguing mythology, but the narrator often either speaks too fast or has awkward pauses. The EXTREMELY fast pace makes it difficult for material to sink in. It sounds like he’s trying to just rush through the material. Each word and sentence just blends into the next, and chapters. It will feel like you’ll be in the middle of a story, then he just says “chapter 3, from section five. Boom, begin of story”. Difficult to enjoy, aside from mythology.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-18

mediocre

a nice overview but very shallow. the performance is very inconsistent and had mistakes, awkward pauses etc.

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  • Brian
  • 28-02-20

This is some kind of joke right?

Story is fine. It's dated Japanese stories translated to Engligh. But what the heck is this narration? It feels like the Narrator just showed up for work on the day of recording and winged it. He confuses himself so many times you can even hear him pause before trying to pronoince a name. Overall ruins the enjoyment of the book.

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  • John M Motacek
  • 23-02-20

mediocre

narrator is not great, he mispronounced several things, and has poor timing while reading. the story reads like an essay and it doesnt go into any depth.

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  • Stacie
  • 21-10-19

real good story bad narrator

the narrator made constant mistakes, stuttered, repeated words and didnt correctly read japanese names or places, it was a struggle to listen too honestly.

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  • Barbara Lancaster Jones
  • 24-09-19

Not good, not bad.

Buena información, aún que un poco corta, no entra mucho en detalle sobre las historias o dioses, solo menciona algunos. La pronunciación de los nombres y lugares en japonés no es buena, asi como la cadencia de la grabación, se alcanza a escuchar el trago de saliva de la persona que lee en la grabación, se traba en algunas partes y repite palabras en ocasiones.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-19

A pampflet of stort summarum

this is a whar i imagine a pampflet on an bustour would be. no story telling , dry , shallow and told as if recanted for the 100 time.

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  • ivana
  • 16-03-19

interesting stories but....

japanese pronunciation needs work for japanese stories but interesting stories and voice used. good job

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  • Kanukipper
  • 17-01-19

Good Overview, Terrible Narration

I have been trying to learn more about Japan because I now live in Japan and have been reading/listening to a lot of books about Japan. The text provides a good introduction to some of the basic myths and sources for the myths of Japan. Sometimes it’s like listen and reading the tales themselves and sometimes it veers towards a teacher explaining things. Generally, however, I enjoyed the content. The narration, however, is awful. The narrator speeds up and slows down. There is not a consistent pace. I ended up listening to it at 0.75x speed so that I could try and process what was being said but some parts got painfully slow while other parts were just right. I have listened to other books and the mispronunciations of names and places are always a common complaint. However, this narrator butchered some names so badly that they were unrecognizable. (One that sticks out particularly is how he said Ise, which is one of the most sacred shrines in all of Japan.) His pronunciation of the names was also sometimes inconsistent and there were several pauses where you could tell that he had no idea how to pronounce the word/name. I felt like this recording was a cold reading and the narrator had never seen the text before. Then they hit record and at the end said good enough. If I could give this performance zero stars, I would.