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Shogo Hirata Joie Japanese Aesop Fables 1989

This is an especially curious series as I catalogue in October of 2020.  First, like many books gathered in the last few years, I have no idea where, when, or at what cost I acquired this series.  It went, like other books, into a box of Asian books for which I would find help in translating titles and bibliographical information.  Now, I find it secondly unusual because it mirrors another Joie series done at the same time by Hirata.  But that series was bilingual (Japanese/English) and offered generally two or at most three fables per booklet.  These booklets, all in Japanese, offer four or five per booklet.  The next surprise is that the cover pictures, titles, and first stories of this series exactly match those of the bilingual series.  Some include the second stories offered there, but some do not.  Does the whole series include only ten books?  If so, I would love to find the two (#2 and #7) that I am missing!  All are copyrighted 1989 and printed in Japan.  Like many Japanese books, these booklets read, for Western taste, from back to front. 

1989 Aesop's Fables #1: Country Mouse and Town Mouse and others (Japanese).  Shogo Hirata.  Paperbound.  Tokyo: Joie.  $5 from an unknown source, August, '10.

Besides TMCM and "Monkey King," this booklet includes TB, FG, and "The Lion and the Mosquito."  The stories get less and less coverage as the booklet goes on.  As in Joie's bilingual series in 1989, the hunter who gets the monkey king is a Black.  Good lively cartoon work in the Disney tradition.

 

1989 Aesop's Fables #3: The Grasshopper and the Ant and others (Japanese).  Shogo Hirata.  Paperbound.  Tokyo: Joie.  $5 from an unknown source, August, '10.

Besides GA, this booklet includes "The Lost Axe"; FK; and "The Crow and the Sheep."  As in the Joie bilingual edition of this same year, there are three grasshoppers in GA.  The stories get less and less coverage as the booklet goes on.  Good lively cartoon work in the Disney tradition.

 

1989 Aesop's Fables #4: The Bat and others (Japanese).  Shogo Hirata.  Paperbound.  Tokyo: Joie.  $5 from an unknown source, August, '10.

Besides "The Cowardly Bat"; this booklet includes "The Lion, the Leopard, and the Hare"; "The Singing Lamb and the Wolf"; BC; and a fable involving a horse and birds, a fable not so known to me.   The battle between the birds and the animals is set in Africa and gets detailed description. The monkeys wear coconuts and ride elephants!  The stories get less and less coverage as the booklet goes on.  Good lively cartoon work in the Disney tradition.

1989 Aesop's Fables #5: The Lion and the Mouse and others (Japanese).  Shogo Hirata.  Paperbound.  Tokyo: Joie.  $5 from an unknown source, August, '10.

Besides LM; this booklet includes "The Boy, the Wolf, and the Monkey," "The Fox's Shadow," "The Crow Who Made Himself White," and "The Horse and the Mule."  In "The Boy, the Wolf, and the Monkey," the monkey helps the boy by getting the wolf back into his original tied-up in a hole predicament.  The horse has to carry not only the mule's burdens but the whole mule himself.  The stories get less and less coverage as the booklet goes on.  Good lively cartoon work in the Disney tradition.

1989 Aesop's Fables #6: The Lion and the Mouse and others (Japanese).  Shogo Hirata.  Paperbound.  Tokyo: Joie.  $5 from an unknown source, August, '10.

Besides "A Mouse's Wedding," this booklet includes GGE, "The Captured Crow," "Only the Big Fish Get Netted," and a well illustrated version of FS.  The best  image in this booklet might be that of the mouse wedding, including a Christian mouse preacher and a weeping mouse mother.  The stories get less and less coverage as the booklet goes on.  Good lively cartoon work in the Disney tradition.

 

1989 Aesop's Fables #8: A Crow in Borrowed Feathers and others (Japanese).  Shogo Hirata.  Paperbound.  Tokyo: Joie.  $5 from an unknown source, August, '10.

Besides BF, this booklet includes SS, OF, "The Ant and the Chrysalis," and "The Lion in Love."  This version of BF, as I noted in the bilingual series, adds a nymph to the "borrowed feathers" story and makes it a matter of selecting a king.   I enjoy in SS the facial expression of the rather smug mule-owner who has taught his pack-animal a lesson.  The stories get less and less coverage as the booklet goes on.  Good lively cartoon work in the Disney tradition.

 

1989 Aesop's Fables #9: The Hare and the Tortoise and others (Japanese).  Shogo Hirata.  Paperbound.  Tokyo: Joie.  $5 from an unknown source, August, '10.

Besides TH, this booklet includes "The Lion and Three Bulls," "The Vineyard Owner and His Sons," and "The Eagle and the Snake."  The second and third stories here are elaborated nicely.  That may have to do with the fact that this may be the only booklet in the series that has only four fables.  The final story gets less coverage.  Good lively cartoon work in the Disney tradition.

 

1989 Aesop's Fables #10: A Greedy Dog and others (Japanese).  Shogo Hirata.  Paperbound.  Tokyo: Joie.  $5 from an unknown source, August, '10.

Besides DS, this booklet includes "The Wolf and the Mule," "The Bird Giving Good Advice," FC, and TT.  "The Wolf and the Mule" is the story of the hoof-kick for the doctor.  The final illustration for TT is classic!  It pictures the horror of the turtle who has let go of the stick and is now in mid-air falling.  Good lively cartoon work in the Disney tradition.