This study organized the idea of “bushido” with 155 wartime fairy tales written by Ogawa-mimei, who is called “Andersen of Japan”.
In Chapter 2, it was identified that the aspects such as “loyalty” and “honor” were greatly emphasized in the works, and it was regarded as a result of the acceptance of Confucian bushido. In chapter 3, the relationship between Mimei and bushido was discussed separately with regard to the effect of families and with regard to the effect of the times. With regard to family lines, the acceptance of Confucian bushido centered on Uesugi Kenshin could be identified, and with regard to the times, the relationship was connected with the characteristics of the Meiji period. In chapter 4, the “spirit of Japan” was examined from the perspective of fairy tales as a spirit of fairy tales especially emphasized by Mimei during this period.
In conclusion, the spirit of Japan based on Confucian bushido was established in the fairy tales written by Mimei in this period, and it was intrinsically far from the aesthetics of the fairy tales that must pursue universality because it showed a tendency to sympathize with nationalistic wars.