Finally, you got this article; I think you are studying Japanese literature. I have researched the Japanese Folktales, and here I will write about some unique specialties of Japanese folktales. Trust me; this article will give you an insight into the realm of fantasy in Japanese tradition and culture. From here, you also able to know that what is the main distinctive of Japanese Folktales. So without delay, gets started reading this article.
Actually What Is Folktale
The question may come that what is the folktale? In a word, folktale means the oral tradition of the common people. It is a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people or folk, especially one forming part of the oral tradition of the common people. Especially folktales are considered to be false or based on superstition. Generally, Folktale divine in many categories such as Folkloric tale from the oral tradition, Fable, Fairy tales, Folklore in general, Old wives’ tale, Storytelling, Performance.
Some Unique Features Of Japanese Folktale
Japanese Folktales play an important role in Japan, and it is an important cultural aspect. If we look deeper, we can see a ubiquitous topic in most Japanese folktale: there will be a kind-hearted protagonist faced with adversities and a mystic force to help him. If I say in a word, the Japanese folktales’ main theme is, “In the end, good people have good results.”
In the present world, Japanese folklore has remained a topic of interest for people across the world. Many horror movies, graphic novels, anime, manga, and books are created/made by inspired by Japanese folktales because the character of Japanese folk stories has a lasting impression.
There is another noticeable topic in the Japanese folktale, and that is much of the Japanese folktale. Fairy tales are influenced and inspired by their religious beliefs, Shinto and Buddhism. However, some are influenced by religious beliefs but not all. Many Japanese folktales are influenced by other countries’ literature, such as the stories of ancient India.
And another uniqueness of Japanese folktales is, it does not entirely focus on the mystic force. Its focuses on the will and effort of the protagonist. And without the will and effort, no problem is solved despite the presence of magic. It is an outstanding lesson to do something or solve something strong will and effort is enough.
Summary of Japanese folktales
I hope you got a partial idea about the Japanese folktales. Most Japanese folktales are not giving the full priority of god blessing, but it focuses on the protagonist’s brave, will, and effort. And these folktales nicely connected God’s blessing to the protagonist, brave, will, and effort. The folktale shows that God may give you some opportunities, and you have to choose the right one. If you fail to make the right one, look for another one and hold on. If you hesitate to make your choice, the opportunities pass by. Also, you may see the uses of great metaphors and allegories in Japanese folktales.
Some Most Popular Japanese Folktales
Here I have made a list of some most popular Japanese folktales that are widely appreciated worldwide.
- The Two Frogs.
- The Mirror of Matsuyama.
- Visu the Woodsman and the Old Priest.
- The Adventures of Little Peachling.
- The Tongue-Cut Sparrow.
- A Woman and the Bell of Miidera.
- The Stonecutter
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