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The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
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A retelling of the early Heian-period prose work about a supernatural being found by a bamboo cutter and brought up as his daughter. He urges his daughter' to marry but she sets fantastic quests to her suiters. All fail. Eventually she reveals she is from the Palace of the Moon and departs. Preface by Donald Keene Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) was probably written late in the ninth or early in the tenth century. Mention at the end of the tale that smoke still rose from Mount Fuji, a sign it was an active volcano, is an important clue to the date'
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