Japanese literature
Early works of Japanese literature were heavily influenced by cultural contact with China and Chinese literature, often written in Classical Chinese. Indian literature also had an influence through th...
Japanese role-playing game
Japanese role-playing games (often initialized to JRPGs) made their first appearance during the mid 1980s. Today, there are thousands of Japanese-designed games as well as several translated games. T...
The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji (源氏物語, Genji monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature written by the noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century, aroun...
Heichū Monogatari

Tales of Heichū ('Heichū monogatari') belongs to the genre of uta monogatari poem tales that emerged in Japanese literature from the mid 10th to the early 11th centuries. As early as the Collect...
Literature of the Five Mountains
The literature of the Five Mountains is the literature produced by the principal Zen (禅) monastic centers of the Rinzai sect in Kyoto and Kamakura, Japan. The term also refers to five Zen centers in C...
Nihon Ryōiki
Nihon Ryōiki (日本霊異記) is an early Heian period setsuwa collection. Written by Kyōkai between 787 and 824, it is Japan's oldest collection of Buddhist setsuwa. It is three volumes in length.
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Kanpyō Gyoki
The Kanpyō Gyoki (寛平御記, Imperial diary of the Kanpyō era) or Uda tennō gyoki (宇多天皇御記, Imperial diary of Emperor Uda) is a diary written in variant Chinese (hentai-kanbun) by Emperor Uda. It is the old...
Japanese books
Books in Japan have a long history, which begins in the late 8th century AD. The majority of books were hand-copied until the Edo period (1603–1867), when woodblock printing became comparatively affor...
Hiromi Itō
Hiromi Itō (伊藤 比呂美, Itō Hiromi, born September 13, 1955) is one of the most prominent women writers of contemporary Japan, with more than a dozen collections of poetry, several works of prose,...
Setsuyōshū
The Setsuyōshū or Setchōshū (節用集, "Economical Collection" or "Collection [of words] for Everyday Use") was a popular Muromachi Period Japanese dictionary collated in iroha order and subdivided int...
Nihon Shoki
The Nihon Shoki (日本書紀), sometimes translated as The Chronicles of Japan, is the second oldest book of classical Japanese history. The book is also called the Nihongi (日本紀, lit. Japanese Ch...
Japanese poetry
Japanese poetry is poetry of or typical of Japan, or written, spoken, or chanted in the Japanese language, which includes Old Japanese, Early Middle Japanese, Late Middle Japanese, and Modern Japanese...
William E. Naff
William E. Naff (1929–2005) was an American scholar of Japanese language and literature. He was born on February 14, 1929 in Wenatchee, Washington State, and served with the US Air Force from 1946-194...
Qijue
Qiyan jueju (七言絕句; abbr. qijue 七絕), known in Japan as shichigon-zekku (七言絶句) is a type of jueju poetry form consisting of four phrases each seven Chinese characters (or kanji) in length.Shichigon...
Yukio Mishima bibliography
The bibliography of Kimitake Hiraoka, pen name Yukio Mishima, includes novels, novellas, short stories and literary essays, as well as plays that were written not only in a contemporary-style, but als...
Myōjō
Myōjō (明星, Myōjō) was the title of a monthly literary magazine first published in Japan between February 1900 and November 1908. The name Myōjō can be translated as either Bright Star or Morni...