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Fairy Tales ahoy by jjmccullough Fairy Tales ahoy by jjmccullough
I live in Japan at the moment (it's terrible, don't go), and I like to collect books of Japanese clip art. I bought one that had a page of ten incomprehensible pictures of random nonsense. I asked someone what they were pictures of, and he said they were scenes from famous Japanese folk tales.

It made me realize the prominent role fairy/folk tales play in one's culture. I decided to draw 10 pictures of what I believe to be the ten most influential folk tales of western society. If you're a good citizen of the western world, they should all be incredibly obvious. If you're Japanese, maybe not so much.
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Lord-Cephas Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
What's number 9 & 10 about?
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blondeewolf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
"(it's terrible, don't go)" Is it really that bad? Everyone I know would sell their soul to go!


Great job with The Emperor's Clothes and City Mouse and Country Mouse, most people don't realize how often we reference those stories.
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Elcool Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Have you tried showing this to Japanese? Did they actually failed to recognize them?
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jjmccullough Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009   Digital Artist
In retrospect, I think I should have included the Ugly Duckling and Chicken Little. I was trying to pick folk stories that are so deeply ingrained in our culture that we often unthinkingly reference them in casual conversation.
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thundercaya Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Not I, said the pig.


This is awesome. I think number 12 is my favorite, thanks to the expressions on the faces of the townspeople.
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calbeck Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Great work!
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ImagenAshyun Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
I was able to identify all 10 :) I think Japanese fairy tales are wonderful as well.

Great job, and very cute :D
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AkemiMalfoy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Wich fairy tales are 9, 10 and 11?? o.o?
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Luprand Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The Little Red Hen, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Gingerbread Man.

--Sij
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AkemiMalfoy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Oh, that's the reason I didn't recognized them! I don't know any of this stories ^^U
Thank you anyway :3
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