Story: In a Bamboo Grove
Author: Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Collection: Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories
Ring any bells? So why don't we call it the In a Bamboo Grove Principle?
Akira Kurosawa took this story, which has all the juicy bits, and conflated it with another Akutagawa story called Rashomon to create his classic film of the same name. I reviewed that other story here earlier in the year. Our notion of the Rashomon Principle really stems from the movie, rather than the original text.
But it is a great story and this is a first-rate collection translated by Jay Rubin and with an introduction from Haruki Murakami. A very welcome addition to the Penguin Classics library.