This page acts to compile a list of all aspects of historical Japanese Literature currently on our website.
See also: Japanese Folktales.
See also: Proverbs and Idioms
|Konjaku Monogatari-shu||今昔物語集 - Anthology of Tales from the Past.|
Collection of tales.
|Shin Otogi Bōko||新御伽婢子.|
1683 collection of stories.
|Shokoku Rijin Dan||諸国里人談|
1743 collection of well known tales. Some of which relate to Yōkai.
|Wakan Sansai Zue||和漢三才図会 - Illustrated Sino-Japanese Encyclopedia of the Three Realms.|
1712, created by Terajima Ryōan.
Toriyama Sekien was greatly inspired by this book for his Yōkai.
|Wamyō Ruijushō||倭名類聚抄 |
The oldest Chinese-Japanese dictionary we have.
Compiled compiled around 934 by Minamoto no Shitagō.
|Yamato Monogatari||大和物語 - Tales of Yamato.|
Scrolls of Frolicking Animals
Scrolls showing varying animal and human depictions, many of the animals having human characteristics.
|One Hundred Famous Views of Edo||名所江戸百景|
Publication of Ukiyo-e prints created by Utagawa Hiroshige.
|Toriyamabiko||鳥山彦 - Sekien’s Echoes.|
Art Book published in the Spring of 1774 by Toriyama Sekien.
Document created by Sugawara no Tsuratsune in 1106 in which he rectifies their family tree.
|Kana Nihongi||Thought to have existed prior to the Nihongi and may have been used to aid in its creation.|
Book published by Imbe no Hironari detailing the achievements of the Imbe Clan as well as Chronicles about the myth and legends before Emperor Jimmu.
|Kojiki||古事記 - An Account of Ancient Matters.|
Compiled by Ō no Yasumaro detailing Japanese history from its mythological creation to Empress Suiko.
|Kujiki||旧事紀 - Chronicles of Old Matters of Former Ages.|
Entrusted to the Soga Clan but mostly lost when the clan was destroyed.
6th Century AD.
Documents myths and legends of Japan and is thought to have aided in the creation of the Kojiki and Nihongi.
|Nihongi||日本紀 - Chronicles of Japan.|
Compiled by Ō no Yasumaro detailing Japanese history from its mythological creation to Emperor Buretsu.
Unknown authorship. 34 chapters, covering the times up to the reign of Emperor Go-Ichijō.
Chronicle of Great Peace
Contains many things including tales relating to the Yokai Tesso and Itsumade.
|Bōsō Manroku||茅窓漫録 - The Musings of Bōsō.|
Book written by Chihara Kyosai under the pen name of Bōsō.
|Shaku Nihongi||釈日本紀 |
Contains commentaries about the Nihongi which were written soon after its completion.
Historical anecdotes written by Minamoto no Akikane.
|Kōnin Shiki||AD810-824. |
Commentaries upon the Nihongi detailing it as selected afresh showing the work was a composition of older texts.
|Engi Shiki||Admnistrative/Ceremonial Procedures and Penal Codes|
Legal documents made to implement the laws of the late 7th and early 8th centuries
935AD by Ki no Tsurayuki.
An account (punctuated by poems throughout) of his journey home to Kyoto.
Includes, among other things some details concerning Nomi no Sukune.
|Hitachi Fudoki||常陸 風土記|
Includes, among other things, exploits of the life of Yamato Takeru.
Accounts of the Province of Izumo, as well as myths not found in other works.
Includes, among other things, the tale of Urashima Taro.
Literature listing the geneologies of many noble families from the Heian Period. 1177 families are listed.
|Asuka no Kyomihara Ritsuryo||681AD.|
Collection of Law Codes created through an edict by Emperor Tenmu.
Domainal Law Code written by Date Tanemune.
Instigation for the organisation of a census as well land survey and other things.
Collection by Fujiwara no Kiyosuke.
|Kintōshū||Collection by Fujiwara no Kintō.|
The largest and most important compilation of japanese poetry.
Poetry anthology compiled by Ono no Minemori and Sugawara no Kiyogimi in 814 on the behest of Emperor Saga.
|Jōgū Shōtoku Hōōtei setsu||上宮聖徳法王帝説 – Traditions concerning His Holiness, Prince Shōtoku,|
One volume piece of literature of unknown authorship concerning Shōtoku Taisha.
|Kawachi Kagami Meishoki||河内鉴名所记 - A Record of Famous Places in Kawachi.|
|Koro Chawa||Tea Talk of Old|
Piece of literature where we can find mention of Kashin Koji.
1283. Buddhist Parables which also make mention of the Nozuchi.
Story of the protagonist Sagoromo, a man who has a desire and love for his cousin and adopted sister Genji no Miya.
|Utsubo Monogatari||うつほ 物語 |
Tale of the Hollow Tree
Adventure story following Kiyowara no Toshikage and his descendants.
|Bakemonozukushie||化物之繪 – Illustrations of Bakemono|
17th century picture scroll depciting 35 different Yokai. Several of which are seldom seen and depicted.
|Hyakkai Zukan||百怪図巻 - Illustrated Creeps|
1737 Yokai compendium by Sawaki Sushi.
|Gazu Hyakki Yagyo||画図百鬼夜行 - The Illustrated Demon Horde’s Night Parade.|
1776 Yokai compendium by Toriyama Sekien.
|Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki||今昔画図続百鬼 – The Illustrated Demon Horde from Past and Present.|
1779 Yokai compendium by Toriyama Sekien.
A Record of Strange Ghostly Happenings in Japan detailing many supernatural tales from around the country.
|Wamiōsho||Old text detailing an alternative name for the 'Eight Ugly Females of Yomi.'|
|Ryokō yōjinshū||旅行用心集 - Travel guide from 1810 by Yasumi Roan.|
Makes mention of Priest Manzei.
Dating to around 1242, it makes mention of Proest Manzei.
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