“Umi no Minwa no Machi” Will Adapt 25 Japanese Folktales in 2023

The pleasure of rediscovering something that was commonplace in the past is unparalleled. Both myths and historical evidence attest to the splendor of the past. When one contemplates it, they experience a sense of belonging to something vast and eternal.

One such effort that uses anime to spread “local folklore” to a new generation is “Umi no Minwa no Machi” (The City of Sea Folktales).

The Nippon Foundation revealed the series’ new animated iteration for ‘Umi no Minwa no Machi’ on Monday. There will be 25 episodes in the first season, which premieres in December 2023. As chairman of the executive and certification committee, Shinnosuke Numata is in charge of the project’s management.

'Uni no Minwa no Machi' 2023 series announced
‘Uni no Minwa no Machi’ 2023 series announced

In 2018, production began on an animation that would pass on Japan’s affinity for the ocean and the country’s sense of regional pride. They hope that the ideas, warnings, and lessons presented in these tales may help the youngsters who read them.

There are already 42 animated stories available on the website and YouTube as of the year 2022.

All twenty-five sea tales selected for the 2023 series adaptation have been posted on the official website. Yamanashi, Nagano, and Shiga will be featured as inland regions, while Yamagata and Ishikawa will be featured as coastal regions.

List of Episodes

Ep. No.Japanese TitleEnglish TranslationCity & Prefecture of Origin
1.Shima no Tengu-samaTengu-sama of the islandHaboro, Hokkaido
2.Kanda KaniKanda crabSotogahama, Aomori
3.Kamiwari GekiKamiwari rockMinamisanriku, Miyagi
4.Kurokami to Akakami no TatakaiBattle of the black god and the red godOga, Akita
5.Todo no OngaeshiSea lion’s gratitudeSakata, Yamagata
6.Karo-san no Tenga Myо̄jinLong-armed god of Mt. Karо̄Shinchi, Fukushima
7.Yukideko no ShirohebiWhite snake of the thawed snow moundFunabashi, Chiba
8.Senju О̄hashi to О̄kameSenju Great Bridge and the giant turtleAdachi, Tokyo
9.Kujira MikoshiWhale palanquinImizu, Toyama
10.Tako KamisamaOctopus godNanao, Ishikawa
11.Nishiogawa 11-men Kannon BosatsuNishiogawa 11-headed bodhisattvaObama, Fukui
12.Maritsuki-utaMaritsuki songFujikawa, Yamanashi
13.Utо̄tо̄geUtо̄ PassShiojiri, Nagano
14.Okuhamanako no DensetsuThe legend of the nue of Okuhamana LakeHanamatsu, Shizuoka
15.Ama no TomokazukiFemale diver’s tomokazuki, or aquatic yо̄kaiToba, Mie
16.Shikobuchi-sanMt. ShikobuchiTakashima, Shiga
17.Bettō no ShioSteward’s tideAwaji, Hyōgo
18.Daisen no AmidasamaAmida of DaisenDaisen, Tottori
19.Kyūri no Kamisama Yamabe JinjaCucumber god’s shrine near the mountainsGotsu, Shimane
20.Hyakkanjima MonogatariTale of Hyakkan IslandFukuyama, Hiroshima
21.Naruto no TaikoNaruto’s taiko drumNaruto, Tokushima
22.Jizō ga HamaJizō seasideSaijo, Ehime
23.Umi ni Shizunda OniThe oni who sank in the seaNakatoka, Kochi
24.Koto no Umi no TennyoCelestial maiden of the koto’s seaHigashisonogi, Nagasaki
25.Okanegahama to OkuregahamaOkanegahama to OkuregahamaHyuga, Miyazaki

I think these tales would help introduce foreign anime fans to Japan and its culture, allowing them to better understand and enjoy anime and manga. Adding the 2023 series to the website’s archive with English subtitles would be fantastic.

Umi no Minwa no Machi

In 2018, Shinnosuke Numata began production on the anime series “Umi no Minwa no Machi” (The City of Sea Folktales). The series retells regional Japanese sea tales to illustrate the country’s deep connection to the ocean.

Its secondary goal is to disseminate the lessons and insights contained in these traditional tales.

42 stories have been adapted as of the year 2022. Twenty-five regional Japanese tales will be adapted for the 2023 season.