by Juliet Piggott
A brief summary of Japanese mythology. As with all Paul Hamlyn myth
books, really fine examples of the art of the culture were included,
which made the book. Most of it wasn't about the gods themselves or
their histories, but either folktales concerning talking animals or
ghosts, or very loosely historical tales of heroes.
indigenous mythological creatures, I liked the kappa, who lose their
strength when the water is spilled from the dents in their heads. I
also like the idea of the mischievous tengu. Like the others I've read
in the series, the book could have used some cohesion, more detail where
interesting-sounding stories are only glossed over, and a little better
organization. But it's a good reference book as a starter, and again,
great pictures (Japanese art is so detailed and stylized!).