Folktales often present moral or life lessons specific to a culture and the mythology surrounding it. These tales also often include the spiritual or religious aspects of a society.  Through folktales one can perceive a crucial part of a culture’s spirit.  Folktales are the stories of old that a people has told since their beginning; folding into the developing culture to the point where a story may eventually be forgotten, but the lesson of it remains in the heart of the nation.  Reading Japanese folktales can bring perspective to both Japan’s past and present.

Lists of Folktales:


Analysis of Folktales:

Lesson Plans: