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Beneath the Moon: Fairy Tales, Myths, and Divine Stories from Around the World by [Yoshi Yoshitani]

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Yoshi Yoshitani is a California-based artist whose vibrant illustrations draw on inspiration from across the globe, with a particular focus on multicultural identity. Past clients include Disney, DC Comics, Valiant, Image, DreamWorks, and Netflix. Yoshi spends time researching world mythologies, listening to audiobooks, creating fashion inspiration boards, and attending comic conventions and art expos across the country. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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I grew up caught between two cultures. My paternal side was from Japan—they ate rice with pickled plums and decorated their walls with woodblock prints of Shinto shrines. My maternal side came to America on the Mayflower—they ate meatloaf and decorated their walls with keys from their old family farm in Rhode Island. So often my two halves felt irreconcilably different, but the one thing they had in common was their love of stories.

From my paternal side I heard the fairy tales of Princess Kaguya, Peach Momotaro, and Journey to the West. From my maternal side I heard the stories of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Jack and the Beanstalk. While the settings were very different for these stories, the themes of bright young adventurers, forbidden doors, and promised lands were paralleled in many of them. I came to appreciate that my two very different heritages shared much in common in their hearts. Books of myths and fairy tales became a way for me to appreciate every part of me.

My experience of a mixed household is becoming increasingly common with each generation. Families raise their children in cultures different from the ones the parents grew up in, and more families blend together to create whole new experiences. As people are becoming progressively multidimensional and label-defying, it is ever more important to expand our understanding of each other. And the best way I have learned to appreciate differences and similarities is through stories.

This collection of stories is meant to serve as a small window into many different cultures. The average reader will recognize a few but many more will be unfamiliar. Some readers will see two or more pieces of themselves never seen together before. Many readers will discover new favorites. As much as possible I’ve tried to indicate each story’s point of origin, but many stories are hard to pin down, especially those that traveled through trading thoroughfares such as the Silk Road. These stories may have been told in one culture about another culture or originated in yet a third culture. These mixes are confusing but ultimately reflect more about the storyteller, and inspire the stories we will tell tomorrow.

Finally, those familiar with the tarot will recognize repeating symbols such as cups, swords, coins, and staves in the imagery, and these seventy-eight illustrations form a tarot deck and booklet I created called the Tarot of the Divine. Like the tarot cards, each of these stories is equally relevant, and each offers valuable insights to the human experience.

I hope you enjoy this collection and leave wanting to learn even more about each other, all of us living beneath the same moon.

—Yoshi Yoshitani --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Tarot of the Divine Tarot of the Divine puzzle
Tarot of the Divine Tarot of the Divine Puzzle
A Deck and Guidebook Inspired by Deities, Folklore, and Fairy Tales from Around the World: Tarot Card An Enchanting 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0826ZD8QH
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ten Speed Press (Sept. 1 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 191256 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 172 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Yoshi Yoshitani is a mixed race artist who was born in California and raised in numerous locations. Inspired by numerous cultures, Yoshi uses art and stories to encourage readers to keep asking questions and keep learning about each other. Yoshi has worked with DC, Disney, Dreamworks, Netflix, Image Comics, and many others.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!
By Sophie on February 23, 2021
Nice thick hardcover book. At a little over 6x10 in size it's a substantial book. Every single 167 pages is glossy and in color. And every card is featured on an entire page. The stories are interesting and fun to read with respect to folklore and mythology from around the world. If you bought the deck then you will want the companion book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful art and stories
By Olivia on August 25, 2021
The stories are summed up well but also written in a way that if you want to read the long version, you will still be willing to look up another book. The art is incredible and colours are vibrant
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2021
Lovely book and lovely illustrations ❤ but came damaged 💔
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