Keigo Seki

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Keigo Seki (関 敬吾, Seki Keigo, 1899–1990) was a Japanese folklorist. He was joined a group under Yanagita Kunio, but often came to different conclusions regarding the same folktales. Along with collecting and compiling folktales, Seki also arranged them into a series of categories.[1]

This work culminated in his Nihon mukashibanashi shūsei (Collection of Japanese Folktales) (1928, revised 1961), in three volumes, which classified Japanese folktales after the model of the Aarne-Thompson system.[2]

A selection was published as Nihon No Mukashi-Banashi (1956–7), and was translated into English as Folktales of Japan (1963) by Robert J. Adams.[3][4]

Seki was a native of Nagasaki Prefecture and graduate of Toyo University.[5][2]

Major works[edit]

  • Nihon Mukashibanashi Shūsei (日本昔話集成, "Compilation of Japanese Folktales")
  • Seki, Keigo, ed. (1963), Folktales of Japan, Robert J. Adams (tr.), University of Chicago Press


  1. ^ Morse, Ronald A. (2015), Yanagita Kunio and the Folklore Movement (RLE Folklore): The Search for Japan's National Character and Distinctiveness, Routledge
  2. ^ a b Ozawa, Toshio (2008), Haase, Donald (ed.), "Seki Keigo (1899-1990", The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: Q-Z, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 846
  3. ^ Jenkins, Esther C.; Austin, Mary C. (1987), Literature for Children about Asians and Asian Americans:, Greenwood Press, p. 99
  4. ^ Seki (1963).
  5. ^ Enzyclopädie des Märchens" (2007), de Gruyter, p. 541