(From the publisher):
Adventure stories have an appeal that transcends national frontiers, and it should not come as a surprise that a book written a hundred and fifty years ago in the tightly sealed Japan of the time should appeal so strongly to the Western reader. The Magical Carpenter of Japan
was intended, after all, not for scholars but for ordinary people. And who does not enjoy a fast-moving adventure story that has love-interest, the supernatural, and some wicked villians thrown in for good value?
Add to this the many lively illustrations by Hokusai -- perhaps the greatest of ukiyo-e woodblock artists -- and it will be surprising indeed if the reader doesn't delight in the misadventures of Suminawa, the master wood-carver, and his henchman Matsumitsu, as they face murderers, devils, and wicked lords in their mission to reunite two ill-fated lovers.
Original title: Hida no takumi monogatari
Alternative titles: The Story of a Hida Craftsman
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy