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Free ebook download

Yanagita Kunio ebook cover

Yanagita Kunio and Japanese Folklore Studies in the 21st Century is a collection of essays and resources compiled and edited by Ronald A. Morse. This free ebook is a by-product of a Japanese-language book project sponsored by Fujiwara Shoten publishers of Japan. The Japanese-language book, Yanagita Kunio Studies Around the World (世界の中の柳田国男), will be published in October 2012 and contain twice as many articles as this English version.

The goal in making this English-language ebook available free of charge is to stimulate renewed international interest in Yanagita Kunio (1875-1962) and the field of Japanese folklore studies.

The book was formatted by Japanime Co. Ltd. / Manga University for use on Amazon's Kindle devices and Kindle desktop application; the iBooks app on Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and as a standard PDF.

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Download and Installation Instructions

Amazon Kindle: Choose this download if you own an Amazon Kindle device or if you have the free Amazon Kindle desktop application installed on your computer. (If you do not already have the Kindle desktop application and wish to install it, you can download the Windows or Macintosh versions from the Amazon website.

After downloading the ebook, locate the file on your computer. The file will be called "yanagita.mobi" and can be installed onto your Kindle device by logging in to your Amazon account, visiting the "Manage My Kindle" page in your account and then adding the yanagita.mobi file to your Kindle library. If you wish to read the file using the Kindle desktop application, open the application and drag the yanagita.mobi file to the Library section of the application.

Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch: Choose this download if you own an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. (If you haven't already done so, you must also install the free Apple iBooks app from the App Store.)

After downloading the ebook, locate the file on your computer. The file will be called "yanagita.epub" and can be installed onto your Apple device by opening iTunes, dragging the yanagita.epub file into your iTunes Library (or selecting Add to Library from the iTunes File menu), then syncing your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with iTunes.

PDF: Choose this download if you do not own an Amazon or Apple device and do not wish to install the Kindle desktop application. The downloaded file will be called yanagita.pdf and can be viewed using any PDF viewer application. Most computers already have PDF viewer software installed. If yours doesn't, you can download Adobe's free PDF reader.

Also Available from Japanime / Manga University:
Kwaidan: Tales from Japan's Ghostly Past

Lafcadio Hearn's classic Japanese ghost stories receive a Manga University makeover in this collection of 17 tales of terror, each lavishly illustrated with ethereal, bone-chilling artwork by Japanese horror specialist Maki Miyamoto. Compiled and first translated into English more than a century ago, this is the definitive compendium of Japanese tales of the supernatural. A fantastic way to introduce reluctant students to Japanese folklore! Available exclusively in the Apple iBookstore.