Grace James (1864 – 1930) was an English writer of children's literature and a Japanese folklorist. Her Japanese Fairy Tales (1910) is a collection of stories from the Japanese folklore. It also has two other editions, named Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy tales and The Moon Maiden and Other Japanese Fairy Tales. The Three Dwarf Trees is based on a Japanese play. Grace James also wrote the John and Mary children's adventure series, one of which, John and Mary's Aunt, is about the author's upbringing in Japan. The Tea Kettle is a Japanese fairy tale, collected by Grace James. The story follows an old holy priest, living in the province of Kotsuke. Meditation is his life. Bargain is his hobby. Tea is his joy. And one day all three of those things came together, when bought an old rusty tea-kettle for Cha-no-yu, the ancient eastern tea ceremony he loved so much. It seemed to be just enough to boil its share of water, but there was more to this ugly bit of old metal, than meets the eye.