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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)

1. 00 Introduction
2. 01 The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi
3. 02 Oshidori
4. 03 The Story of O-Tei
5. 04 Ubazakura
6. 05 Diplomacy
7. 06 Of a Mirror and a Bell
8. 07 Jikininki
9. 08 Mujina
10. 09 Rokuro-Kubi
11. 10 A Dead Secret
12. 11 Yuki-Onna
13. 12 The Story of Aoyagi
14. 13 Jiu-Roku-Zakura
15. 14 The Dream of Akinosuke
16. 15 Riki-Baka
17. 16 Hi-Mawari
18. 17 Horai
19. 18 Butterflies
20. 19 Insect Studies - Mosquitoes
21. 20 Insect Studies - Ants

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Most of the following Kwaidan, or Weird Tales, 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 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, Nishitama-gori, 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 the Japanese narrator.