Yamato Monogatari

Yamato Monogatari

Yamato Monogatari

The Yamato Monogatari (大和物語, Tales of Yamato) is a 10th Century monogatari.


The poet Henjo is mentioned within the text, with many stories about his many lovers and religious conversations that he had included inside.2

Supernatural Creatures

Within its texts it discusses the Yōkai known as the Kurozuka.

Stanza 58 from one of the poems in the manuscript states:

At Kurozuka, in Adachi of Mutsu Province,
lurks a demon, they say.
Could it be true?1


1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
2. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.

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