Japanese literature

Japanese literature; famous Japanese authors and poets, Haiku, history

A comprehensive list of Japanese literary websites


Awards *

Akutagawa Prize, Wikipedia entries.

List of Japanese literary awards. Wikipedia

Bibliographies *

A Bibliography of English-Language Japanese Verse, 1900-1950.

Blogs *

Contemporary Japanese Literature

In Spring it is the Dawn

Lines from the Horizon
Readings in Japanese literature.

Classical Japanese poetry and prose in English translation *

Classical Japanese Poetry
Poems from Manyoshu, Kokinshu, and Genji, in English, romaji and Japanese script, with explanation of classical grammar.

Haiku for People!
Haiku poetry by Japanese masters in English translation. How to write haiku.

Hass on Haiku
Selected Basho and Issa haiku translated into English by U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass.

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu: 100 Poems by 100 Poets
Complete online text of the classical Japanese anthology of waka or tanka, with the originals in Japanese characters, romanji, and English translation available in a side-by-side-by-side display format.


Folktales from Japan


Haiku *

Haiku. The history of Haiku. Japanese Haiku poems.

History of Japanese literature.


Japanese literature portals, archives and etexts *

Japanese Literature Online Texts The University of VirginiaJapanese Literature Guide

Japanese Literature Home Page
Overview of Japanese literary history and listing of important Japanese Authors.

The Japanese Literature Homepage
Authors, pre-modern and modern; literary history; links; resources; archives.

Japanese Text Initiative
Sponsored by the University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library, this is a collaborative effort to make texts of classical Japanese literature available on the World Wide Web.

Japanese Writers and Poets

Japan Literature Net. JALInet 
is a network that, through the voluntary contributions of five famous authors: Yasutaka Tsutsui, Kyoji Kobayashi, Akira Hori, Yuji Usui, and Aki Sato, seeks to express Japanese literature to the world.


Poetry *


Haiku for People
What is Haiuku? How to write Haiku. Examples.

Poetry. Japanese classical poetry.

Classical Japanese Poetry
Poems from Manyoshu, Kokinshu, and Genji, in English, Romaji and Japanese script.

Classical Japanese poetry
A selection of classical Japanese poems, with translation and grammar notes.

One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets 
Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

Online Japanese literature texts from the University of Virginia.


Tanka Central
Promoting the tanka form of poetry, to educate newcomers to tanka about the form’s history and future.

Tanka Society of America

Wikipedia entry on Japanese poetry.


The Tale of Genji
The 11th Century Japanese classic written by a Heian court lady known as Murasaki Shikibu.


Wikipedia entry on Japanese literature.

Japanese authors and poets *


Basho, Matsuo. 

Matsuo Bashō (松尾芭蕉)
Classical Japanese Database.

Interpretations of Bashō
Haiku Poets Hut.

Matsuo Bashō, Wikipedia entry.

Hitomaro, Kakinomto no

Hitomaro, Kakinomto no Hitomaro. Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

Hoshi, Saigyo

Hoshi, Saigyo. Saigyo Hoshi, Wikipedia entry.

Inoue, Yasushi

Yasushi Inoue Wikipedia entry.

Issshu, Ogaara Hyakunin

Isshu, Ogara Hyakunin. Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

Kawabata, Yasunari

Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize Archive.

Yasunari Kawabata, Wikipedia entry.

Kobe, Abe

Kobo, Abe. Abe Kobo website.

Mishima, Yukio

Mishima, Yukio. Yukio Mishima. Introduction, list of works.Mishima Cyber-Museum

Yukio Mishima Wikipedia entry.

Murakami, Haruki

Haruki Murakami, Wikipedia entry.

Haruki Murakami
An information resource about Haruki Murakami.

Haruki Murakami, Guardian articles.

Haruki Murakami, Random House

Musahi, Miyamoto

Musashi, Miyamoto. Miyamoto Musashi.  A Book of Five Rings

Murasaki, Lady

Murasaki, Lady, Lady Murasaki. Skikibu. Tale of the Genji

The Tale of Genji Author Biography

The Tale of Genji, 1654

Library of Congress
A  complete and well-preserved set including the complete main text (54 volumes) of Tale of Genji.

Japanese Literature. Including Selections from Genji Monogatari and Classical Poetry and Drama of Japan
Suematsu translation of the first 17 chapters of The Tale of Genji, with an introduction and notes.

The Texts of Genji Monogatari
Original text, romanized version, and modern Japanese translation of The Tale of Genji. University of Virginia Library

The Tale of Genji
A photographic guide to The Tale of Genji.

Ryonosuke, Akutagawa