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 *

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.


Haiku *

Haiku. The history of Haiku. Japanese Haiku poems.

Haiku, Wikipedia entry.

Haiku Poems. Poem Hunter

Haiku Poems. Academy of American Poets



Japanese literature portals, archives and etexts *

Japanese Literature Online Texts The University of Virginia

Japanese Literature Guide

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

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.

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 *


Poetry. Japanese classical poetry.

One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets 
Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

Online Japanese literature texts from the University of Virginia.


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

Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

Hoshi, Saigyo

Saigyo Hoshi, Wikipedia entry.

Inoue, Yasushi

Yasushi Inoue Wikipedia entry.

Issshu, Ogaara Hyakunin

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

Kawabata, Yasunari

Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize Archive.

Yasunari Kawabata, Wikipedia entry.

Kobe, Abe

Abe Kobo website.

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

Miyamoto Musashi.  A Book of Five Rings

Murasaki, Lady

Lady Murasaki. Skikibu. Tale of the Genji

The Tale of Genji Author Biography

The Tale of Genji, 1654

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