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Summary

Giant monsters. Tales of eternal love. The beginning of creation. Pint-sized warriors. Long voyages and insurmountable heroics are only a small piece of the classic myths that have helped shape Japan’s unique and immaculate history. Each story in this audiobook is filled with excitement and adventure that is just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

Some of the classic myths that are found inside this audiobook are:

  • "Amaterasu and the Cave"
  • "The One-Inch Boy - Issun-Boshi"
  • "Susanoo and Orochi"
  • "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow"
  • "The Peach Boy - Momotaro"
  • "Izanagi and Izanami - The Birth of the Gods"
  • "Tsukuyomi and the Creation of Day and Night"
  • "The Journey to Yomi", as performed by the great Japanese hero and the first man, Izanagi.
  • "The Purification of Izanagi: The Birth of Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, and Susanoo"
  • A general introduction explaining what the Kami are, the gods of ancient Japan, along with other introductions to esoteric Japanese terminology.
  • Stories of "The Strong Boy - Kintaro", "The Luminous Princess - Kaguya Hime", and others

Every culture all over the world, ancient and contemporary, has its unique myths and legends. If you have never learned about the classic stories that come from the land of Japan, then you have a treasure trove of new knowledge waiting to be unlocked. If you are already familiar with the ancient stories of Japanese myths and were looking for a retelling of them, then look no further.

©2018 Scott Lewis (P)2018 Scott Lewis

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Great staple for Japanese legends and folklore

The only real let down is the editing the narrator stumbles a few times and instead of cutting it out they just leave it in. Aside from that the narrator didn't need to do so much voice acting for the female parts

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so interesting!

love Japanese culture, the mythology was very neatly displayed here, especially for someone that knew very little about it. I recommend!

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I loved it, eventhough all the names are hard

lovely reading, very nice intro to the culture. tried hopelessly to remember all the names but think I'll ha e to listen again hahha

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  • Loren
  • 25-09-19

short but rough to listen to

Short, but the narration was less than great making the whole thing slightly painful

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  • Michael Lopez
  • 16-09-19

Amazing.

I've always been enthralled by Japanese mythology to the point of knowing basics. But was absolutely educational.
By far my favorites were Susano, the peach boy, and the 1-inch man.

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  • Surelda Heard
  • 13-08-21

Short and general storytelling

It was what I expected. The book was a quick and general overview of the myths and stories. I enjoyed it.