Compilation of the Kojiki, Japan’s oldest chronicle

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

Litencyc Editors (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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Kojiki or Furukotofumi, also known in English as the Records of Ancient Matters, is the oldest surviving book in Japan. It starts with the creation of the world, the deities, and Japan, and includes songs and poems written in Chinese characters.

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Citation: Editors, Litencyc. "Compilation of the Kojiki, Japan’s oldest chronicle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2009 [, accessed 31 March 2023.]

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