With a handful of new projects going on this year at Arigatai Books, I haven’t had a chance to make books in some of our existing series. One of those is our collection of classic Japanese fairy tales by Mimei Ogawa, so far our longest and best-selling series of far. But after going through a bunch of Ogawa’s stories I finally found a few gems and thought now would be a great time to make a 7th book.
The highlight of this installment is “A Winter in Echigo”, one of the earliest stories published by Ogawa. It’s a poignant tale of a boy in search of his mother during a terrible storm, and the imagery-heavy literary style in this work is very different from the authors typical style, making it a must-read for Ogawa fans.
As with other books in this series, the stories are published in both English-only and parallel Japanese/English formats for those studying Japanese. I’ve also included some information about each work including the original date of publish and links to recommended Japanese audio narrations.
I’d like to give a great thank you to Kaimai Mizuhiro (開米瑞浩) for helping confirm some of the meanings of a few passages.
The e-book is now available on Amazon for only $0.99, and you can get the whole set of seven books for only $6.93, a whole lot of bilingual stories for a pretty low price. I’m planning on increasing the prices some of the books in this series in the near future, so now might be a good time to pick them up.
You can use this link to jump to the Amazon store in your region, or see the preview below. If you prefer audiobooks, there is also an English audio narration of the first book in this series.