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Kwaidan : Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Kwaidan Stories and Studies of Strange Things Author:Lafcadio Hearn Most of the Kwaidan, or Weird Tales, in this collection have been taken from old Japanese books - such as the Yaso-Kidan, Bukkyo-Hyakkwa-Zensho, Kokon Chomonshu, Tama-Sudare, and Hyaku-Monogatari. Some of the stories may have had a Chinese origin: the very remarkable "Dream of Akinosuke", for example, is certainly from a Chinese source. But the... more » Japanese story-teller,in every case, has so recolored and reshaped his borrowing as to naturalize it. ...
One queer tale, Yuki-Onna", was told me by a farmer of Chofu, Nishitamagori, in Musashi province, as a legend of his native village. Whether it has ever been written in Japanese I do not know; but the extraordinary belief which it records used certainly to exist in most parts of Japan, and in many curious forms. ... The incident of "Riki-Baka" was a personal experience; and I wrote it down almost exactly as it happened, changing only a family name mentioned by a Japanese narrator.