I don't recall sharing it with an author or publisher. I'd only told the story to Noda-san when we were hiking in the forest years ago. Strange. But I'm glad Shitani-san recorded the tale of my clan for posterity.Shintani, a character of mystery. He's the author of the Myths of Japan and Obscure Yokai Languages book series and an avid collector of Japan's regional tales. The Nonogawa River Valley counts him as the official archivist of their local folklore. In his about the author sections he always mentions the drive to learn more of the yokai tales and history. Nonogawa invited him to collect a cultural heritage award, he declined, stating he doesn't make in-person visits anymore. In fact, many think he's a recluse. His fan club's discord lists conspiracy theories and possible sightings of him. Perhaps he uses is a pen name? Though, his writing style seems to have changed since the turn of the last century. Perhaps the name represents a group of writers working under the pseudonym? Is he human or yokai? Do people send in their stories to have him edit and print them for posterity? His name appeared with the first publication of the Myths series in the late 1700s.
PublicationsHe and his publisher, Chronicler Books, continually add update the series. His twitter account says a new edition of the Nonogawa tales is coming this year. Chronicler Books is a tiny imprint of Kyoto Jidai Arcane University Publishing.
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Working on the latest edition for the tales of the Nonogawa River Valley
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