My rating 45 5 when i came across this book on amazon it had me at the demon at agi bridge a fantastic story and haruo shirane a fantastic scholar. Setsuwa anecdotes which literally means spoken story refers to stories that were first orally narrated and then written down these recorded stories were often retold resulting in new variations which were again recorded. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for the demon at agi bridge and other japanese tales translations from the asian classics at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Haruo shirane and burton watson renowned translators and scholars introduce english speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval japanese folktales. The demon at agi bridge and other japanese tales translated by burton watson edited with an introduction by haruo shirane columbia university press
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