Otogibanashi: fairy tale

Otogibanashi is a folk tale or old story that is told from person to person. It is originally written with the kanji (Chinese characters) meaninig a story told to an adult by an adult, with the character for togi meaning to amuse/comfort one’s boredom by keeping someone company. Today, otogibanashi refers to a children’s story or an old tale told by an adult to children. The term came to carry this meaning around the Meiji Period (1868-1912).

Generally stories begin with the phrase “mukashi mukashi“, and tales such as Momotarō (Adventure of the Peach Boys), Urashima Tarō (Urashima and the Palace of Dragon), shita-kiri suzume (Tongue Cut Sparrow) or Tsuru no Ongaeshi (The Grateful Crane) are some of the most well know.



日本語にほんごレベル:中級ちゅうきゅう  日本語にほんご能力のうりょく試験しけんきゅう程度ていど 
(Japanese level: Intermediate  JLPT N2)







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