A couple of super-short stories from translator Richard Medhurst.
The “It’s me, It’s me” phone scam is a widespread problem in Japan, with many getting swindled out their hard earned cash ever year. This is a true story of a conversation one young man had with a scammer.
Another lovely poem translated by our resident poet, Kimura Hirotoshi
A story about a boy and the peculiar cat he finds on the way home. Our longest story yet!
A tale of an Elven prince, his tutor and the difficult task of learning a new language
A short piece full of distinctly Japanese dark humour.
A surreal tale of an isolated village, the spirits of the forest, betrayal and revenge.
A small selection of poems by Noriko Ibaraki, translated by Hirotoshi Kimura.
Another story featuring the mischievousand its shape-shifting powers. A classic tale by author Yumeno Kyūsaku, who was known for his wildly imaginative works in the early Shōwa period of Japan.
It seems that even train conductors have plenty to deal with on the job. Author Toshiyama Yoshi tells us a tale of a close call in the middle of the night.