By Ueda, Akinari; Chambers, Anthony Hood; Ueda, Akinari

First released in 1776, the 9 gothic stories during this assortment are Japan's best and so much celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the realm of cause with the world of the uncanny and exemplify the period's fascination with the unusual and the gruesome. They have been additionally the foundation for Mizoguchi Kenji's remarkable 1953 movie Ugetsu. The identify Ugetsu monogatari (literally Read more...


comprises 9 gothic stories which are Japan's celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the realm of cause with the area of the uncanny and exemplify the period's Read more...

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19 Akinari did not abandon fiction after Moonlight and Rain. In 1808 and 1809, he gathered ten of his stories and essays under the title Harusame monogatari (Tales of the Spring Rain). The collection is uneven, partly because Akinari died before he could polish it to his satisfaction, and perhaps because he wrote more for his own enjoyment than for publication. The pieces in Spring Rain are less tightly structured than the stories in Moonlight and Rain, and the element of the marvelous and strange is relatively unimportant.

Title. III. Series. 6'33—dc22 2006015127 A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. Frontispiece: Tosa Hidenobu, portrait of Ueda Akinari (1786). (Tenri Central Library, Nara) CONTENTS Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION The Early Modern Period in Japan About the Author Bunjin, National Learning, and Yomihon About Tales of Moonlight and Rain About the Translation PREFACE BOOK ONE Shiramine The Chrysanthemum Vow BOOK TWO The Reed-Choked House The Carp of My Dreams BOOK THREE The Owl of the Three Jewels The Kibitsu Cauldron BOOK FOUR A Serpent’s Lust BOOK FIVE The Blue Hood On Poverty and Wealth Bibliography ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Haruo Shirane provided the initial spark by asking me to translate three stories from Ueda Akinari’s Tales of Moonlight and Rain for his Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600–1900, and then suggesting that I translate the whole collection.

The Moonlight and Rain stories are not nō plays, of course, and it would be a mistake to press the waki–shite analogy too far, but the resemblance is unmistakable. 3. Dreams. In some nō plays of the mugen (dream mystery) type, it is conceivable that the waki dozes off at the end of the first part of the play and dreams of his subsequent encounter with a ghost. ” In “Shiramine,” Saigyō “began to doze” just before Sutoku makes his appearance, and the strange events in “The Owl of the Three Jewels” take place after Muzen and his son have laid out their bedding and as they are trying to go to sleep.

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