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Japanese Mythology

A Captivating Guide to Japanese Folklore, Myths, Fairy Tales, Yokai, Heroes and Heroines
Narrated by: Dryw McArthur
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Explore captivating myths of japanese deities, yokai, heroes, and heroines.

The study of mythology and folklore is a peculiar one to the extent that we are looking into things which are generally regarded as untrue yet critically important to a culture. We are also taking on the study of the “lore of the folk”, and this faces us with the question of exactly which folk we are talking about. Japan, of course, is a single nation, but its origins are so old, and often, so fragmented, that unified mythology and folklore can be difficult to point to. Still, in all, there are some key texts, tales, and characters we can focus on which will give us a pretty good sense of Japanese mythology.

In this audiobook, you'll discover stories of mystery, horror, and romance while simultaneously learning about the Japanese culture.

Within this audiobook, you'll find the following Japanese myths and topics covered 

  • The creation stories
  • The myths of origins
  • The journey to the underworld
  • The wanderings of Susano-o
  • The birth of Amaterasu, Trukuyumi, Susawono, and the Leech-Child
  • The story of the "Comb and the Curse"
  • Amaterasu and Susanowo
  • The contract of Amaterasu and Susawono
  • Stories of the three most evil yokai of Japan
  • Stories of helpful yokai
  • "My Lord Bag of Rice"
  • The story of Urashima Taro
  • The tale of the "Bamboo Cutter and Kaguya Hime"
  • The legend of Yamato Takeru
  • Contemporary versions of Japanese mythology
  • And more!

Get the audiobook now, and learn more about Japanese mythology

©2018 Matt Clayton (P)2018 Matt Clayton

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Please get a native speaker to read.

While the content of this book is great; the pronunciation is terrible. I can tell the reader is trying his best. His pronunciation isn’t even consistent between sentence to sentence. And there are obvious pauses while attempting to pronounce names which made it difficult to listen to. I would have much rather a native speaker read or someone with basic proficiency of the Japanese language read.

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mediocre

a nice overview but very shallow. the performance is very inconsistent and had mistakes, awkward pauses etc.

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Good Overview, Terrible Narration

I have been trying to learn more about Japan because I now live in Japan and have been reading/listening to a lot of books about Japan.

The text provides a good introduction to some of the basic myths and sources for the myths of Japan. Sometimes it’s like listen and reading the tales themselves and sometimes it veers towards a teacher explaining things. Generally, however, I enjoyed the content.

The narration, however, is awful. The narrator speeds up and slows down. There is not a consistent pace. I ended up listening to it at 0.75x speed so that I could try and process what was being said but some parts got painfully slow while other parts were just right. I have listened to other books and the mispronunciations of names and places are always a common complaint. However, this narrator butchered some names so badly that they were unrecognizable. (One that sticks out particularly is how he said Ise, which is one of the most sacred shrines in all of Japan.) His pronunciation of the names was also sometimes inconsistent and there were several pauses where you could tell that he had no idea how to pronounce the word/name. I felt like this recording was a cold reading and the narrator had never seen the text before. Then they hit record and at the end said good enough. If I could give this performance zero stars, I would.

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  • Alaska
  • 01-10-19

Decent telling with a need for more editing

A brief but interesting overview of several Japanese myths and folklore. However, there are issues with the narration. It feels like no one wanted to do a second take for the reading and the editing leaves much to be desired. Awkward pauses disrupt the story, especially when the narrator attempts to pronounce, often incorrectly, Japanese names and locations. Aside from a handful of grammatical errors, the stories themselves are well written and mostly well explained.

Overall, an okay pickup on sale, but I wouldn’t pay full price for it.

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pass

whoever was reading it was so dry it was honestly putting me to sleep and theres really not even that many fairy tales it just kind of explains them all it's not what I expected and not a great book at least not the audio version.

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Very informative!

My favorite part was the story of the bamboo cutter. The other stories were very engaging and fun to listen to.

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Yeeeesh

Hot tip: If you're hiring someone to read a book that is about Japan and it's history, maybe make sure that person has at least some familiarity with how to speak Japanese.
Christ, this reading sounded like a high school kid muddling his way through a barely practiced presentation.

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fascinating

This is a very good retelling of multiple stories and mythology of the japanese culture. Though there were a few times of mispronaunciations the narrator did a very good job. This was my very first time listening to an audio book as well as my first time ever hearing a book about japanese mythology and I can say I recommend it to people who wish to learn a bit about such subject.

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Excellent Audible Book

Creepy! Great encyclopedia full of extensive information - interesting read and a great reference book to hang on to!

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I recommend it

This is a fun and insightful book recommended to me. It is a good start to understanding Yokai by combining scholarship and culture. Love the organization of the book.

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  • Mr. M. Hickman
  • 07-15-18

Avoid

This book is awful. It’s like it’s been read by google translate. The punctuation, grammar and sentence structure make this book extremely hard to follow, understand or absorb. There are long pauses, usually before Japanese names which makes it seem as though it’s the first time the narrator has ever seen them. Mistakes have not been edited out, they’re just included in the production. Avoid.

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  • FREDERICK
  • 06-04-18

Complete Book

If you love folklore or mythology or all things Japan you will love this book. Not only does it give you the myths and legends it also gives you information regarding it. I am in love with the Kitsune, and found out many interesting things about them that I did not know before.

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  • Choljen
  • 06-02-18

Japanese Mythology

I consider this the closest thing that one can get to a Japanese version of Edith Hamilton. Yes, I know that it's not complete, and I still have to get a lot of Japanese folk stories, especially in relation to ghosts but I think it's a good way of seeing the roots of Japanese culture as a whole.

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  • Theodore
  • 06-02-18

Japan

The Japanese kana in the book are early enough to listen to and the additional English version (is not a literal translation) is easy too. I think for a person who is learning Japanese is a good way to get introduced to the most known fairy tales of Japan.

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  • I.Ibrahim
  • 06-02-18

Exactly What I Wanted

This book is exactly what I had been looking for to quench my thirst for knowledge of Japanese mythology.

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  • HinataKatana
  • 07-12-18

dont do it

The pronounciation of the names and places are so awful i could not finish it

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  • Daisy Luke
  • 06-05-18

I Love The Myths

I truly love myths and legends from all countries even our own. If you love myths and legends from around the world, you will truly enjoy this book.

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  • Lewis Bob
  • 06-05-18

Awesome History

Anybody who is history or myths buff will love this book. It goes into the Gods of Japan and how Japan was created by them. It tells of how the first king is related to the gods. It also goes into folk stories that every Japanese child knows.

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  • Noah
  • 06-05-18

The Best

Good book indeed! Eclectic structure but easy enough to follow for the casual reader. Overall, a well researched piece of work.

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  • Ava Zara
  • 06-05-18

Its a WOW book

It is simply wow! I recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in Japanese culture.