Literary histories provide an overview of the development of Japanese literature from the earliest written works to the present.
Collections of literary works that were judged to be particularly well written.
Use these databases to locate scholarly articles regarding Japanese Literature. While there may be some overlap in what you discover with your search, keep in mind that each database includes some unique works of academic literature. So, searching more than one database will provide you with different resources. For detailed information about each database, click the relevant "Information Icon" .
These databases can be searched at the same time by clicking on the "Choose Databases" link above the search bar. The more databases you add, the more likely you are to find articles, but it can also take longer to load.
Use this database to find out when and where translations of Japanese literature in all genres were published. Then use the HBLL library catalog to see if we have copies of the published translations in our collection.
The Asian Theatre video collection offers interviews with leading performers and practitioners, and houses several filmed performances, documentaries, rehearsal footage, and training videos. Several are from Japanese traditions. This collection is a vital repository for students and academics interested in Asia’s rich theatrical traditions.
Japanese Noh 能 Drama (The-Noh.com)
This site provides a wealth of information on the history of Noh drama in Japan. Including English and Japanese synopses and transcriptions of many famous Noh plays.
Japanese Aesthetics (Stanford Dictionary of Philosophy)
Records of Ancient Matters
|Editor:||Ō no Yasumaro|
Description: The Kojiki is considered to be the first literary work in the history of Japan. It is a compilation of myths, history, songs, legends, genealogies, and other disparate works from which written history and literature were later created.
|Editor:||Ō no Yasumaro|
Description: Detailed historical record of Japan.
Description: Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is by far our most detailed source of factual material on life in eleventh-century Japan at the height of Heian culture.
Description: "Lady Murasaki's great 11th century novel is a beautifully crafted story of love, betrayal and death at the Imperial Court. At the core of this epic is Prince Genji, the son of an emperor, whose passionate character, love affairs and shifting political fortunes, offer an exquisite glimpse of the golden age of Japan."
|Author:||Ki no Tsurayuki and others|
|English (4 Different Translations)|
Description: The first imperial anthology of Japanese poetry : with Tosa nikki and Shinsen waka.
|Pub.:||late 9th, early 10th century|
Summary: This story is considered the oldest surviving monogatari in Japan although the original copies are long gone. The oldest manuscript of the story is from 1526. This tale is about an aging childless couple who finds a magical baby in bamboo.
Description: An epic account of two warring clans.
An Account of My Hut
|Editor:||Kamo no Chōmei|
Description: This work discusses the Buddhist idea of impermanence through a series of natural disasters.
Description: Written by a Japanese swordsman on martial arts.
Description: An anthology of supernatural short stories.
Description: A jōruri play based on the true events of lovers committing a double suicide.
To Find Books in Japanese:
If you know the author or title you want:
Look up the book in the library catalog using Kanji 漢字, or Kana かな, or Hepburn Romanization.
If you have a suggestion for what the library should order, fill out this form. You must have a library account to do so.
All books published in Asian languages are located on the 4th Floor in the Asian Collection. English materials on Asian topics are located in different parts of the library. All Japanese Language and Literature
If you are looking for an English translation, it will be on the 5th floor. But if you are looking for a book in Japanese, it will be on the 4th floor. The exception is children's books which will be on the 1st floor regardless of language.
Only a fraction of the library's books are available in digital format. Those who browse the stacks always discover additional research materials! Books on the same topics are shelved next to each other, so if you find one relevant book, you will likely find others next to it on the shelf. You can also do this online by using the alphabetic browse or the "search books nearby" function on the library website.
If you have trouble finding a book ask the Asian Studies Librarian or inquire at any library help desk.