Japanese fairy tale series, no. 17
1888 - 12 - 01
"A young warrior spent the night at a dilapidated temple in the forest. In the middle of the night, he heard a commotion outside, and saw a bunch of phantom cats dancing while singing "Tell it not to Schippeitaro!" The next morning, the warrior emerged from the forest and arrived at a village, where he came upon people bewailing the fate of a maiden, who had to be given as a victim to the mountain spirit outside the desolate temple by evening. He recalled what he had heard and seen the previous night, and asked them who Schippeitaro was. The villagers told him it was the name of a brave and powerful dog. The warrior borrowed the dog, which he put into the cage in place of the maiden and took to the temple. When the phantom cats appeared at midnight with a huge black tom cat posing as a mountain fiend, he defeated them with Schippeitaro and then went on his way." (Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, https://www.kufs.ac.jp/toshokan/chirimenbon/b_18.html)
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26 pages, colour illustrations. 16 cm.
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James, T.H. (Kate), “Schippeitaro,” Monash Collections Online, accessed October 30, 2020, http://repository.monash.edu/items/show/67134