Here’s another great find from Dougo13’s collection of rare anime tapes. Big thanks to him, and also thanks to Austin for helping identify and researching this series.
Manga Furusato Mukashi Banashi (which roughly translates to something like “Cartoons of Ancient Folklore”) was a fairly short running series that, like Manga Nihon Emaki (see post here) featured classic Japanese tales. To quote Austin: “Each aired episode would be comprised of two stories: a story belonging to a prefecture in east Japan, and another story belonging to a prefecture in west Japan.”
Not all of the episodes produced were aired, and this varied by areas of Japan. Tokyo Channel 12 (today’s TV Tokyo) only showed 18 of the 26 produced episodes, but apparently other episodes aired in Kansai and other regions.
Here’s a pack of 8 stories that were shown with English subtitles on Hawaiian television. Because of the difficulty of finding information on the original airdates (which may not have even been consistent by region) I’ve numbered these episodes based on the production order, apart from one that I was unable to identify. I’ve also listed what prefecture each story comes from, again with one exception where I was unable to find that information. These episodes would have been released a lot sooner if it wasn’t so hard to find information about this show.