The Wedding of the Foxes: Japanese Fables and Fantasy (Miniature)

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Perhaps both the translations and illustrations were taken from an 1871 first publication of these stories. The title-story is surprising in that it does not take a turn for the worse. A beautiful young male fox marries a beautiful young female fox, and they thrive and have children. The sole surprise is, perhaps after the fashion of a pourquoi story, the bride makes her way on the wedding day through a rain shower in the midst of sunshine. In Japan, a shower during sunshine is called "the fox's bride going to her husband's house." "The Adventures of Little Peachling" tells of a miraculous baby born out of peach who goes off to take the treasure from the ogres. He gathers helpful allies along the way: ape, pheasant, and dog. "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow" tells of disparate handling of a pet bird and disparate rewards for the spouses who alternately cared for and wounded the pet. "The Crackling Mountain" tells of a feud between a hare and a badger, with plenty of magic involved. In it an old man is tricked into eating his wife who has been boiled into being a broth!
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