Story of the Moon and the Sun


Tsukimitsu no sōshi (Story of the moon and the sun) is one of the otogizōshi, Japanese fairy tales of the Muromachi period (1336−1573). In the story, Hō’ō and Sansō, sons of a very wealthy man in Magada-koku, Tenjiku (an old name for India), were exiled by their stepmother to Shiomizu Island. Their dead birth mother changes herself into a large bird of paradise in order to protect and raise them. The boys eventually are rescued by their father, and grow up to be tsuki (the moon) and hi (the sun). This is the oldest printed edition of Tsukimitsu no sōshi, printed with wooden type in the Genna and Kan’ei eras (1615−44). The illustrations are hand colored in red, green and yellow.

Last updated: February 26, 2014