- The characters of a "mukashi banashi" often include an old man and an old woman, or man w/ a name like Taro or Jiro.
- There are a few hundred stories that are considered standard Japanese folktales.
- Many Japanese grow up being very familiar with them. There was a popular TV series called, "Manga Nihon Mukashi Banashi", which is an animated version of famous folktales.
- The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (竹取物語 Taketori Monogatari), also known as Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫 Kaguya Hime, 赫映姫 or 輝夜姫), is a 10th-century Japanese folktale. It is considered the oldest extant Japanese prose narrative.
- It primarily details the life of a mysterious girl called Kaguya-hime, who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.
What do you suppose the lessons are from this tale?
- The exact author of The Stonecutter is unknown but the tale was widespread in China and Japan.
- Variants appear across cultures and continents, including The Fisherman and His Wife by the Brothers Grimm.
What are the lessons we can learn from this tale?