The book is a study of the daily life of a small provincial town of central Russia throughout the 18th century. It examines the composition of the city’s population, the occupations of its inhabitants, their relationships with relatives and neighbors, conflicts in the urban environment, and cases of deviant behavior.
The book is the first in Russian Japanonogy study of the genre of the jtogi-zoshi - Japanese stories, created in the 13th-16th cc. The study is based on 23 works published at the beginning of the 18th century. in a series called "Otogi Library". The book discusses a wide range of literary and cultural issues related to otogy-zoshi. Separate chapters are devoted to literary features, authorship, the place of otogi-zoshi in the genre structure of medieval Japanese literature, sources of plots, principles of character description, the ideological content of the stories, the connection of the text with a certain type of manuscripts and wood-bloc editions.