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Japanese Mythology: 5 Ancient Myths and Legends

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Do you have a fascination for Japanese mythology or Japanese legends? It can be very fun and exciting to learn about these unique aspects of Japanese history and culture. A little bit of background first: Japanese mythology consists of stories derived from old folk beliefs, as well as the Shinto and Buddhist religions. Japanese mythology is also made up of a vast number of tales, but here we'll share five of the most well-known Japanese legends. Japanese Mythology: 5 Famous Japanese Lege
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