Japanese Tales & Stories

Hello everyone! This will be my first post here so bear with me.

Recently I was interested in folkloric tales and stories of Japan. Many senior learners also advise reading Japanese kids books and stories to get used to reading fast, or learn some new stuff overall. There are a couple of sites I found that I would like to share:

-http://life.ou.edu/stories/: This website has some good japanese tales, original kanji text and word for word translation to aid learners to understand how Japanese works. At least that’s how I took it.

-https://www.wasabi-jpn.com/japanese-lessons/fairy-tales-and-short-stories-with-easy-japanese/: This one contains a lot stories along with listening clips, that’s why I liked it a lot. You can listen to the story while reading, and clips have natural (fast) and slow paced options.

-http://www.kmk21.com/new_page_169.htm: This is just a page contains the tale “Why did the Red Demon cry?”. I’m just a level 11 apprentice learner so reading the first couple sentences was great.

Those are the ones I’ve found. Feel free to let me know if there are any more. In any case hope it helps!


Thanks for sharing! Hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to move this to the #japanese-language:reading section.

We also have a whole thread on reading resources. If you think it’s worth it, we could try adding a section for folk tales (as long as it’s not too advanced).

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Orange engineer may not mind, but I do… … unsheathes sword… You’ve some nerve coming in here moving things around in orange engineer’s house like that. :angry:


Oh, I didn’t even notice OP’s name. Orange Engineer is a pretty cool username.

Here I thought you were going to say something serious for once.


Yeah thanks a bunch! A section for folk tales would be great since Japan has tons of 'em. Asides from resources, people who are acknowledged about the subject can just post the stories there.

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Don’t worry Gsai I don’t mind at all. I think mine is more of a tent then a house, ready to be moved around by mods :sweat_smile:

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I’ma just leave this here…



And I’m not even a mod! I’m just one of the 76 people crazy enough to spend so much time here that I got extra powers. :sweat_smile:


Just one of the trombonists in the big parade…


Those look like awesome resources for reading practice. Thanks for sharing.

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I also REALLY love Japanese lore as well. For example, I love the stories of the souls of people trapped in pillars around a certain pagoda. I have forgotten where it specifically was though.

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