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Legends about animals

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Legends about animals 動物と伝説

There are many legends of animals in all prefectures.
There are also the 12 zociac animals with their special significance in Japan.
. 12 zociac animals 干支  eto, kanshi .




まんが日本昔ばなし動物たちのお話
Once upon a time in Japan - animal land


This is a growing list as they come up during my work on the Darumapedia and the WKD.


. nakoodo 仲人 matchmaker for a marriage .
with foxes, serpents, tanuki, Kappa . . .

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. ari 蟻 ant, ants, Ameisen .
. haari, ha-ari, higi 羽蟻 flying ants and earthquake .
16 to explore 蟻 (00)


. awabi densetsu あわび アワビ 鰒 鮑伝説 abalone legends .
many legends to explore


. baku 獏 / バク legendary dream-eating tapir .
9 legends to explore


. buna 鮒 crucian carp - kigo and legends . *
katame buna 片目鮒 / katame no buna 片目の鮒 buna fish with one eye


. daija, orochi 大蛇 the huge serpent, great snake .
and hebi 蛇 snake, below


. hamaguri 蛤 (はまぐり) clamshell, hard clam .
14 to explore

. hato 鳩 dove, pidgeon - Taube .
- yamabato 山鳩 "mountain dove"

hebi 蛇 / へび / ヘビ snake
. Hebigami 蛇神 Snake Deity in Ise - Mie .
. mekura hebi メクラヘビ the blind snake from Sekigahara .
. snake and nuibari 縫針 sewing needle .
662 legends about hebi ヘビ

. hototogisu 杜魂 /蜀魂 little cuckoo .
時鳥 04 / ホトトギス 15 / ほととぎす 07 / 杜鵑 06 to explore



inoshishi 猪 ・ イノシシ wild boar
- 108 legends to explore -

. itachi 鼬、イタチ weasel .
64 to explore



kaeru かえる  hiki - frog, toad
. wakudo iwa わくど岩 the Frog Rock .
Wakudo わくど is the local Fukuoka dialect for frog or toad.


. kaiko 蚕 silk worms - kuwa 桑 mulberry tree .
- kuwa - 184 legends to explore -
kaiko 蚕 102 legends to explore


kame 亀 turtle, tortoise, Schildkroete
238 entries to explore


kamo 鴨 duck
. carved by 左甚五郎 Hidari Jingoro .
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kani 蟹 crab
. kani no hi 蟹の火 the light of a crab . - Kumamoto
124 to explore / 鬼蟹,鬼面蟹,平家蟹 / 大蟹 /


. karasu 鴉 / 烏と伝説 legends about crow, raven . *
200 to explore

katsuo 鰹 bonito
20 to explore

. kawauso, uso 川獺 / カワウソ / 獺 river otter .
135 カワウソ to explore / 08 川獺 / 26 獺


. kiji 雉 pheasant, Fasan .
36 to explore

kingyo 金魚 goldfish
3 to explore


. kitsune 狐 the fox in Japanese culture .
- - - - - and Inari 稲荷 the Fox Deity


. koi 鯉 と伝説 Legends about carps - Karpfen .
85 to explore

. konoshiro コノシロ / このしろ Konosirus punctatus - fish legends .


. kujira 鯨 whale, Walfisch .
71 legends to explore



. mimizu ミミズ 蚯蚓 (みみず)  earthworm .


. mukade 蜈蚣 - むかで centipede, millipede legends .
hyakusoku 百足虫 "one hundred legs"
- to translate



. namazu 鯰 catfish, Wels .

. namekuji 蛞蝓 (なめくじ / ナメクジ) slug legends .
- namekujira なめくじら slugwhale

. ne 子 / nezumi 鼠  Rat, Mouse . *
275 legends to explore

. neko and bakeneko, bake-neko 化け猫 monster cat .
- yamaneko 山猫 . carved by 左甚五郎 Hidari Jingoro .


. niwatori 鶏 chicken, rooster .
100 to explore

. nue 鵺 monster .
with the head of a monkey, breast of a badger, scales like a dragon, tail of a serpent and feet like a tiger
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. ookami 狼 wolf . *
- - - - - hakuroo, shiroi ookami 白狼 white wolf
- - - - - yama-inu, yamainu 山犬、豺 "mountain dog"


. raichoo 雷鳥 Grouse, snow grouse "thunder bird" .
3 to explore

. ryuu, ryū 龍 竜 伝説 Ryu - dragon legends . *
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. saba 鯖と伝説 Legends about mackerel, Makrele .
50 to explore

. sake 鮭 legends about the salmon . *
- and the pair of 鮭の大助 Sake no Osuke / Kosuke
47 legends to explore

. sanshoouo, sanshoo uo 山椒魚 salamander .
6 to explore

. saru 猿 / 申 monkey .
猿王丸 Saruomaru and the Heike
. carved by 左甚五郎 Hidari Jingoro .
- more than 300 entries to explore - yokai database -

. sazae 栄螺 . サザエ turban shell . *

. semi 蝉 cicada, Zikade .
15 to explore

. shika 鹿 deer .
more than 200 legends to explore
- - - - - . hakuroku, hakushika, shirojika 白鹿 white deer .



. taka 鷹 hawk .
81 legends to explore
- - - - - . takagari 鷹狩り falconry, hunting with hawks .


. tako 蛸と伝説 Tako Legends about Octopus .
38 to explore


. tanuki 狸 mujina 狢 - badger legends . *
more than 1000 to explore


toraneko 虎猫 tiger-cat
. carved by 左甚五郎 Hidari Jingoro .
- 10 toraneko legends to explore -


. Tsuchinoko (ツチノコ or 槌の子) hammerspawn. *
bachi hebi (バチヘビ) in Northeastern Japan.
40 legends to explore

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. tsuru 鶴 the crane in Japanese culture .

tsuru no ongaeshi 鶴の恩返し The Gratitude of the Crane  
a story about the rewards of kindness and the danger of curiosity.

. carved by 左甚五郎 Hidari Jingoro .

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. uma 馬 koma 駒伝説 horse legends .

. umigame 海亀 sea turtle legends .

. unagi 鰻 / うなぎ / ウナギ と伝説 Legends about the eel - Aal .
鰻 99 to explore / ウナギ 60 to explore / うなぎ 8 to explore


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. ushi 牛 cow, bull, oxen, calf in Japanese culture .

. 関寺(世喜寺、せきでら)Sekidera in Shiga .
The white oxen was an incarnation of Kashō Butsu 迦葉仏 Kashobutsu, Kasyapa.




. Zenkooji 善光寺 Zenko-Ji in Nagano .
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. Legends about the Red Cow 赤牛と伝説 akaushi, aka-ushi .

. Legends about the Black Bull 黒牛と伝説 kuro-ushi, kuroushi .

. Hakutaku, Kutabe 白澤 Cow monster and amulet . *

. tsuno-tsuki, tsunotsuki 牛の角突き bull fighting in Niigata .

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. yamame やまめ (山女) landlocked salmon - Oncorhynchus masou .
14 to explore ヤマメ


. washi 鷲 eagle .
68 legends to explore


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. Salmon Osuke Legends .

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岡山の動物昔話 Animal Legends from Okayama
Tateishi Noritoshi 立石憲利 (1938 - )



. Legends from Okayama .

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