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Timeline of premodern Japanese literature

 

The table includes the major works of premodern Japanese literature mentioned in study aids for Japanese high school students, with the addition of several others of interest to the Western reader. The transliteration of the Japanese title is given first, followed by an English translation and the name of the author, editor, or compiler. The English translation is fairly literal in most cases (often based on Keene's versions or those in The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature), although conventional or published titles have sometimes been used and definite and indefinite articles (somewhat arbitrarily) attached. Dating is, of course, a vexed problem in the premodern period; approximate dates are so indicated.

 

Date

Japanese title

English title

Author/ed.

712 Kojiki Records of Ancient Matters Hieda no Are; Ōe no Yasumaro
ca. 713 Fudoki Gazetteers regional reports on matters of interest to the central government
720 Nihon shoki Chronicles of Japan  
751 Kaifūsō Fond Recollections of Poetry  
after 759 Man'yōshū A Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves  
797 Shoku nihongi A Continuation of Chronicles of Japan  
ca. 822 Nihon ryōiki (or Nihon reiiki) An Account of Miracles in Japan Kyōkai
ca. 901 Taketori monogatari The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter  
905 Kokin wakashū A Collection of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poetry Ki no Tsurayuki
ca. 930 Ise monogatari Tales of Ise  
ca. 940 Shōmonki Chronicle of Taira no Masakado  
ca. 935 Tosa nikki The Tosa Diary Ki no Tsurayuki
951 Gosen wakashū A Later Selection of Japanese Poetry  
ca. 951 Yamato monogatari Tales of Yamato Unknown
ca. 965 Heichū monogatari Tales of Heichū  
between 970-999 Utsuho monogatari The Tale of the Hollow Tree  
after 974 Kagerō nikki The Gossamer Years Mother of Fujiwara no Michitsuna
ca. 989 Ochikubo monogatari The Tale of Ochikubo  
996 Makura no sōshi The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon Sei Shōnagon
after 1004 Izumi Shikibu nikki The Izumi Shikibu Diary Izumi Shikibu
1005 Shūi wakashū A Collection of Gleanings  
ca. 1008 Genji monogatari The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu
after 1028 Eiga monogatari A Tale of Flowering Fortunes Akazome Emon (partly)
after 1059 Sarashina nikki The Sarashina Diary Daughter of Sugawara no Takasue
1086 Goshūi wakashū A Later Collection of Gleanings Fujiwara no Michitoshi
ca. 1120 Ōkagami The Great Mirror  
ca. 1120 Konjaku monogatari Tales of Times Now Past  
ca. 1127 Kinyō wakashū A Collection of Golden Leaves Minamoto no Toshiyori
1151 Shika wakashū A Collection of Verbal Flowers of Japanese Poetry Fujiwara no Akisuke
1184 Ryōjin hishō Songs to Make the Dust Dance Go-Shirakawa
1188 Senzai wakashū A Collection for a Thousand Years Fujiwara no Toshinari [Shunzei]
before 1190 Sankashū The Mountain Hut Collection Saigyō
1205 Shin kokin wakashū A New Collection of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poetry  
1212 Hōjōki An Account of My Hut Kamo no Chōmei
ca. 1212 Mumyōshō A Nameless Selection Kamo no Chōmei
1213 Kinkai wakashū The Golden Pagoda-Tree Collection of Japanese Poetry Minamoto no Sanetomo
before 1216 Hosshinshū A Collection to Promote Religious Awakening Kamo no Chōmei
before 1219 Heike monogatari The Tale of the Heike  
before 1233 Kenreimon'in Ukyō no Daibu shū The Poetic Memoirs of Lady Daibu Lady Daibu
after 1242 Uji shūi monogatari Later Tales from Uji  
1252 Jikkinshō (Jikkunshō) A Miscellany of Ten Maxims  
1254 Kokon chomonjū A Collection of Tales Heard, Past and Present Tachibana no Narisue
before 1271 (Late Heian) Tsutsumi Chūnagon monogatari The Riverside Counselor's Stories  
ca. 1279 Izayoi nikki The Diary of the Waning Moon Abutsu
ca. 1330 Tsurezuregusa Essays in Idleness Yoshida Kenkō
before 1350 Taiheiki The Record of Great Peace  
1400 Fūshikaden Style and the Flower Zeami Motokiyo
1495 Shinsen Tsukubashū The New Tsukuba Collection Iio Sōgi, et al.
1682 Kōshoku ichidai otoko A Man Who Devoted His Life to Love Ihara Saikaku
1688 Nippon eitaigura The Family Storehouse of Japan Ihara Saikaku
1692 Seken munesan'yō Heartfelt Worldly Reckonings Ihara Saikaku
1702 Oku no hosomichi The Narrow Road to the Deep North Matsuo Bashō
1702 Sanzōshi The Three Booklets Hattori Dohō
1703 Sonezaki shinjū The Love Suicides at Sonezaki Chikamatsu Monzaemon
1703-05 Kyoraishō Conversations with Kyorai  
1711 Meido no hikyaku The Courier for Hell  () Chikamatsu Monzaemon
1715 Kokusen'ya kassen The Battles of Coxinga Chikamatsu Monzaemon
1720 Shinjū ten no Amijima The Love Suicides at Amijima Chikamatsu Monzaemon
before 1725 Oritaku shiba no ki Told Round a Brushwood Fire Arai Hakuseki
1776 Ugetsu monogatari Tales of Rain and Moonlight Ueda Akinari
1796 Genji monogatari tama no ogushi The Tale of Genji: A Jeweled Comb Motoori Norinaga
1797 Shin hanatsumi A New Gathering of Flowers Yosa Buson
1798 Kojikiden Commentary on the Kojiki Motoori Norinaga
1802 Tōkaidōchū hizakurige Shank's Mare Along the Tōkaidō Jippensha Ikku
1809-13 Ukiyoburo The Bathhouse of the Floating World Shikitei Sanba
1813-14 Ukiyodoko The Barbershop of the Floating World Shikitei Sanba
1814-42 Nansō satomi hakkenden Biographies of Eight Dogs Takizawa Bakin
1820 Ora ga haru The Spring of My Life Kobayashi Issa
1825 Tōkaidō Yotsuya kaidan Ghost Story of Yotsuya on the Tōkaidō Tsuruya Nanboku

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