THE LEGEND OF GOLD and Other Stories, by Ishikawa Jun. Translated by William J. Tyler. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 1998, 300 pp., $46 (cloth), $27.95 (paper).

Jun Ishikawa (1899-1987) remains less known in the West than other Japanese writers of equal stature. With the publication of this volume, however, several more of his works become available in English. This is due to the devotion of William Tyler, whose translations of the 1936 “Fugen” (“The Bodhisattva,” 1999) and the 1946 “Meigetsuju” (“Moon Gems,” 1985) introduced Ishikawa to English readers.

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