My series of Japanese fairy tales, “Classic Japanese Fairy Tales”, is one of my favorite projects because each of Mimei Ogawa’s stories manages to pack a significant message in a small, easy-to-understand form. This makes everything from story selection, translation, and editing a real joy, and these attributes also make these stories useful for those studying Japanese.
The highlight of the fifth installment of this series is a dark, atmospheric story titled “The Forest of a Dark Night,” which is about a woman who lives alone in the middle of a great forest. With nine chapters, it’s longer than the average story and a bit more difficult, but even so I think diligent students can get through the Japanese text (each book in this series contains stories in parallel English/Japanese as well as English-only versions). But I’ve also included two other stories that are shorter and more like typical Ogawa works.
The messages of some of these stories are a bit more cryptic than those in previous volumes, and I’m curious to hear your impressions and interpretations.
The e-book is now available on Amazon for only $0.99, and you can get the whole set of books (for a limited time) for only $4.99, which is a whole lot of bilingual stories for that price.