This book is a part of the project called "Heritage" presented by J-COLLABO.
in particular Japanese folk tales which have been used for handing down Japanese sense of beauty, customs, lessons, and social norms, etc. from generation to generation. These will be rendered in an unprecedented way. In general, they are written in such media as picture book, but this time, artists in New York will try various approaches.
Old tales were told by ordinary people era by era..
Tales reflect the times and life style in those days. So that made old tales more interesting to know. It is very important to tell the story exactly as it was. In “The Crab and The Monkey” , a monkey which attacked a crab was revenged terribly. I checked several picture books and knew every books has the same ending which the monkey was revenged at the end of the story. I understand old tales should be told as they were but this time I wanted to change the ending a little.
It is just my wish.
by Kaori Nakanishi, illustrator
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