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Useful Articles

Here is the list of articles that may be useful for Japanese folklore research. For more articles, check the e-databases in the left column.


  • Adams, Robert J. 1967. “Folktale Telling and Storytellers in Japan.” Asian Folklore Studies 26.1: 99–118.
  • Anderson, Richard W. 1995. “Vengeful Ancestors and Animal Spirits: Personal Narratives of the Supernatural in a Japanese New Religion.” Western Folklore 54.2: 113-140.
  •  Foster, Michael Dylan. 1998. "The Metamorphosis of the Kappa: Transformation of Folklore to Folklorism in Japan." Asian Folklore Studies 57.1: 1–24. 
  • ---.  2013. "Inviting the Uninvited Guest: Ritual, Festival, Tourism, and the Namahage of Japan." Journal of American Folklore 126 (501): 302-334. 
  • Kikuchi, Yuko. 1997. “Hybridity and the Oriental Orientalism of Mingei Theory.” Journal of Design History 10.4: 343–54.
  •  Klein, Susan. 1995. “Woman as Serpent: The Demonic Feminine in the Noh Play Dōjōji.” In Religious Reflections on The Human Body, ed Jane Marie Law, 100–37. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  •  Knight, Catherine. 2008. “The Moon Bear as a Symbol of Yama: Its Significance in the Folklore of Upland Hunting in Japan.” Asian Ethnology 67.1: 79–101.
  •  Littleton, C. Scott. 1995. “Yamato-takeru: An "Arthurian" Hero in Japanese Tradition.” Asian Folklore Studies 54.2: 259–74.
  • Masumoto, D. Mas. 1983. “Brown Rice Sushi.” Western Folklore 42.2: 140–44.

  •  Norbeck, Edward. 1955. “Yakudoshi, a Japanese Complex of Supernaturalistic Beliefs,” Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 11.2: 105-120.
  •  Okada, Barbra Teri. 1980. “Netsuke: The Small Sculptures of Japan.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series 38. 2 Netsuke: The Small Sculptures of Japan: 3–48.
  •  Reider, Noriko. 2003. “Transformation of the Oni: From the Frightening and Diabolical to the Cute and Sexy.” Asian Folklore Studies 62: 133–57.
  • Shimamura, Takanori. 2003. “Cultural Diversity and Folklore Studies in Japan: A Multiculturalist Approach.” Asian Folklore Studies 62.2: 195–224.
  • Tsuda, Takeyuki (Gaku). 2000. “Acting Brazilian in Japan: Ethnic Resistance among Return Migrants.” Ethnology 39.1: 55–71.
  • Yoshimura, Ayako. 2005. “Kanashibari—Japanese “Old Hag”: The Case Study of Self-Analysis on Personal Experiences with the Supernatural.” Culture & Tradition 27: 76–93.

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