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The Unnatural World: Animals and Morality Tales in Hayashi Razan's Kaidan Zensho
Kaidan is a genre of supernatural tales that became popular during Japan's Edo period. In 1627, Hayashi Razan translated numerous supernatural tales from China and collected them in five volumes in a work known as Kaidan zensho, the "Complete Collection of Strange Works." Hayashi Razan was an influential Neo-Confucian scholar and was instrumental in establishing Neo-Confucianism as a dominant ideological force in Tokugawa Japan. As his teachings and stories reached a wide audience, and thedoi:10.7275/6499369 fatcat:xd7yeimgabcara4y3sfrrkrh2m