A Brief History of Japanese Literature

by Piero Scaruffi (E-mail)
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I started writing the names with last name first and then first name, as customary in Japan, but more modern ones are Western-style.
The dates of ancient works are obviously wildly approximate.
See Steve Moore: "The Novel" for synopses of the ancient narratives.


"Kojiki/ Record of Ancient Matters" (Japan, 712) [h]
"Nihon Shoki/ Chronicle of Japan" (Japan, 720) [h]
"Fudoki/ Records of Wind and Earth" (8th c) [h]
Keikai (Japan, 7##): "Nihon Ryoiki" (Japan, 80#)
Kukai (Japan, 774): "Jujushinron/ The Ten Stages of Religious Consciousness" (830) [h]
Kukai (Japan, 774): "Sango Shiki/ Three Teachings" (797)
"Manyoshu/ Collection of Ten Thousand Leaf" (Japan, 760) [p]
Yamanoueno Okura (Japan, 660): "Poems in Manyoshu" (7##) [p]
Otomono Yakamochi (Japan, 71#): "Poems in Manyoshu" (7##) [p]
Otomo no Tabito (Japan, 665): "Poems in Manyoshu" (7##) [p]
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (Japan, 685): "Dialogue on Povery" (7##) [p] +
Sakanoue no Iratsume (Japan, 7##): "Poems in Manyoshu" (7##) [p]
Otomo no Yakamochi (Japan, 718): "Poems in Manyoshu" (7##) [p]
"Rikkokushi/ Six National Histories" (Japan, 901) [h]
"Ise Monogatari" (Japan, 90#) [p] +
"Yamati Monogatari" (Japan, 9##) [p] +
"Shomonki/ Masakado's Rebellion" (Japan, 94#) +
"Heichu Monogatari" (Japan, 96#) [p] +
"Kokin Wakashu/ Collection of Poems from Ancient and Modern Times" (Japan, 905) [p]
"Kanke Bunso" (900) [p]
"Kanke Koshu" (903) [p]
Ariwara no Narihira (Japan, 826): "Poems in Kokinshu" (905) [p]
Sugawara no Michizane (Japan, 845): "Poems in Kanke Bunso and Kanke Koshu" (903) [p] +
Kino Tsurayuki (Japan, 868): "Poems in Kokinshu" (905) [p]
Ono no Komachi (Japan, 8##): "Poems in Kokinshu" (905) [p]
"Kokinshu/ Collection from Ancient and Modern Times" (Japan, 905) [p] +
"Taketori Monogatari/ Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" (Japan, 909) +
"Utsuho Monogatari/ Hollow Tree" (Japan, 97#)
"Ochikubo Monogatari/ Lady Ochikubo" (Japan, 98#)
"Eiga Monogatari/ Tale of Glory" (Japan, 11##) [h]
Sei Shonagon (Japan, 965): "Makura Soshi/ The Pillow Book" (996) [h]
Ki Tsurayuki (Japan, 9##): "Poems in Kokinshu" (905) [p] +
Ki Tsurayuki (Japan, 9##): "Tosa Nikki/ Tosa Diary" (935) [h]
"Kagero Nikki/ Gossamer Years" (Japan, 99#) [h]
Murasaki Shikibu (Japan, 973): "Genji Monogatari" (100#) ++
Izumi Shikibu (Japan, 974): "Poems" (100#) [p]
Izumi Shikibu (Japan, 974): "Diary" (100#) [h]
"Konjaku Monogatari/ Tales of a Time That Is Now Past" (Japan, 1004) +
"Okagami Monogatari" (Japan, 105#)
Lady Sarashina (Japan, 1003): "Sarashina Nikki/ As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams" (106#)
"Hamamatsu Chunagon Monogatari" (Japan, 107#)
"Yoru no Nezame/ Tale of Nezame" (Japan, 108#)
"Eiga/Eigwa Monogatari" (Japan, 11##)
Saigyo (Japan, 1113): "Poems in Shin Kokinshu" (120#) [p] +
Sato "Saigyo" Norikiyo (Japan, 1118): "Sankashu/ The Mountain Hermitage" (1180) [p]
"Sanjurokunin kashu/ Anthologies of Thirty-Six Poets" (12th c)
Kamono Chomei (Japan, 1153): "Hojoki/ The Ten-Foot Square Hut: (1212)
Kamo Cho-mei (Japan, 1155): "Hojoki/ An Account of My Hut" (121#) [h]
"Shin Kokinshu/ New Collection of Poems from Ancient and Modern Times" (Japan, 120#) [p]
Fujiwara Teika (Japan, 1162): "Poems in Shin Kokinshu" (120#) [p] +
Fujiwara Teika (Japan, 1162): "Matsura no Miya Monogatari" (119#)
"Mumyozoshi/ Story Without a Name" (Japan, 120#)
"Ariake no Wakare/ Partings at Dawn" (Japan, 119#)
"Torikaebaya Monogatari/ The Changelings" (Japan, 117#)
"Gukwansho/Gukanso" (Japan, 122#) [h]
"Shobogenzo/ Treasury of the True Dharma Eye" (Japan, 1237) [h]
Muju (Japan, 1226): "Shasekishu" (1279)
Yoshida/Hoshi Kenko (Japan, 1283): "Tsurezuregusa/ Essays in Idleness" (133#) [h]
Kitabatake Chikafusa (Japan, 1293): "Jinnoshotoki" (1339) [h]
Kakuichi (13##): "Heike Monogatari/ Tale of Heike" (1371) +
Kojima (13##): "Taiheiki/ CHronicle of the Grand Pacification" (137#)
Nijo Yoshimoto (Japan, 1320): "Renga poems" (1356) [p]
Kanami Mototsugu (Japan, 1333): "Matsukaze" (13##) [t] +
"Taiheiki/ Chronicle of the Great Peace" (Japan, 134#) [h]
Zeami Motokiyo (Japan, 1363): "Nonomiya/ The Shrine in the Fields" (13##) [t]
Zeami Motokiyo (Japan, 1363): "Fushi Kaden/ The Transmission of the Flower of Acting Style" (1400) [h]
"Soga Monogatari" (140#)
"Gikeiki/ Yoshitsune" (141#)
Shinkei (Japan, 1407): "Renga poems" (14##) [p]
Sogi (Japan, 1421): "Minase Sangin Hyakuin" (1488) [p] +
Sogi (Japan, 1421): "Renga poems" (14##) [p] +
Ihara Saikaku (Japan, 1642): "Haikai Oyakazu" (1677) [p]
Ihara Saikaku (Japan, 1642): "Saikaku Oyakazu" (1681) [p]
Ihara Saikaku (Japan, 1642): "Koshoku Ichidai Otoko/ The Life of a Man Who Lived for Love" (1682)
Ihara Saikaku (Japan, 1642): "Koshoku Gonin Onna/ Five Women Who Chose Love" (1686)
Ihara Saikaku (Japan, 1642): "Koshoku Ichidai Onna/ The Life of a Woman in Love" (1686) +
Ihara Saikaku (Japan, 1642): "Saikaku Oridome" (1693)
Matsui Basho (Japan, 1644): "Haiku poems" (1694) [p] +
Matsui Basho (Japan, 1644): "Oku no Hosomichi/ Narrow Road to Oku" (1702) [h]
Chikamatsu Monzaemon (Japan, 1653): "Kokusenya Kassen/ The Battles of Coxinga" (1715) [t]
Chikamatsu Monzaemon (Japan, 1653): "Sonezaki Shinju/ The Love Suicides at Sonezaki" (1703) [t] +
Arai Hakuseki (Japan, 1657): "Koshitsu" (1716) [h]
Tashiro Tsuramoto (16##): "Hagakure/ In the Shadow of Leaves" (1716) [h]
Ejima Kiseki (Japan, 1667): "Keisei Kintaki" (1711)
Taniguchi Buson (Japan, 1716): "Poems" (1783) [p]
Tanishi Kingyo (Japan, 17##): "Geisha Yobukodori" (1777)
Takeda Izumo (Japan, 17##): "Kanadehon Chushingura/ The Syllabary Book of the Loyal Retainers" (1748) [h]
Hiraga Gennai (Japan, 1729): "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi" (1794) [t]
Hiraga Gennai (Japan, 1729): "Furyu Shidoken-den/ The Elegant Tale of Shidoken" (1763)
Ueda Akinari (Japan, 1734): "Ugetsu Monogatari/ Tales of Moonlight and Rain" (1776)
Ueda Akinari (Japan, 1734): "Harusame Monogatari/ Tales of Spring Rain" (1809)
Koikawa Harumachi (Japan, 1744): "Kinkin Sensei Eiga no Yume" (1755)
Kan Sazan (Japan, 1748): "Poems" (1827) [p]
Tsuruya Nanboku (Japan, 1755): "O Some Hisamatsu Ukina No Yomi-uri" (1813) [t]
Tsuruya Nanboku (Japan, 1755): "Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan/ The Ghost of Yotsuya" (1825) [t] +
Santo Kyoden (Japan, 1761): "Edo Umare Uwaki No Kabayaki/ The Love Affairs of an Edo Lad" (1785)
Santo Kyoden (Japan, 1761): "Tsugen Somagaki/ The Great House of Pleasure" (1787)
Santo Kyoden (Japan, 1761): "Udonge Monogatari" (1804)
Santo Kyoden (Japan, 1761): "Sakurahime Zenden Akebonozoshi" (1805) +
Santo Kyoden (Japan, 1761): "Mukashigatari Inazumabyoshi" (1806)
Shikitei Sanba (Japan, 1778): "Tatsumi Fugen" (1798)
Shikitei Sanba (Japan, 1778): "Odokebanashi Ukiyofuro" (1813) +
Shikitei Sanba (Japan, 1778): "Ukiyodoko" (1823) +
Ikeda Hachiuemon (Japan, 1778): "Hanagoyomi Hasshojin" (1849)
Tamenaga Shunsui (Japan, 1789): "Shunshoku Umegoyomi/ Plum Calendar" (1833) +
Tamenaga Shunsui (Japan, 1789): "Iroha Bunko" (1842)
Kyoku Sanjin (Japan, 1790): "Ko San Kingoro Kanamajiri Musume No Setsuyo" (1834)
Hiraga Kunitomo (Japan, 1728): "Nenashigusa" (1769)
Hiraga Kunitomo (Japan, 1728): "Furyu Shidokenden" (1763)
Ryutei Tanehito (Japan, 1783): "Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji" (1842)
Takizawa Bakin (Japan, 1767): "Nanso Satomi Hakkenden/ Satomi and the Eight Dogs" (1841)
Takizawa Bakin (Japan, 1767): "Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki/ The Crescent Moon" (1811)
Kobayashi Issa (Japan, 1763): "Haiku poems" (1825) [p] +
Jippensha Ikku (Japan, 1765): "Tokai Dochu Hizakurige/ Journey on Foot" (1809) +
Kawatake Mokuami (Japan, 1816): "Sannin Kichisa - Kuruwa no Hatsukai/ Three Kichisa - First Night in the Pleasure Quarter" (1860) [t]
Kanagaki Robun (Japan, 1829): "Seiyo Dochu Hizakurige/ Journey on Foot to the West" (1876)
Yoshida Shoin (Japan, 1830): "Shoin Shiko/ Shoin's Poetic Drafts" (1859) [p]
Shiba Shiro (Japan, 1852): "Kajin no Kigu/ Chance Meetings with Beautiful Women" (1885)
Tsubouchi Shoyo (Japan, 1859): "Kiri Hitoha" (1894) [t]
Mori Ogai (Japan, 1862): "Maihime/ Dancing Girl" (1890)
Mori Ogai (Japan, 1862): "Gan/ Wild Goose" (1913)
Mori Ogai (Japan, 1862): "Okitsu Yagoemon No Isho/ The Last Testament of Okitsu Yagoemon" (1912) +
Mori Ogai (Japan, 1862): "Sansho Dayu/ Sansho the Bailiff" (1915)
Mori Ogai (Japan, 1862): "Sakai Jiken/ The Sakai Incident" (1914)
Futabatei Shimei (Japan, 1864): "Ukigumo/ Drifting Clouds" (1889) +
Koda Rohan (Japan, 1867): "Furyubutsu" (1889)
Koda Rohan (Japan, 1867): "Gojunoto/ The Pagoda" (1891)
Ozaki Koyo (Japan, 1867): "Konjiki Yasha/ Usurer" (1902)
Masaoka Shiki (Japan, 1867): "Haiku Poems" (1902) [p]
Natsume Soseki (Japan, 1867): "Wagahai Wa Neko De Aru/ Am a Cat" (1906)
Natsume Soseki (Japan, 1867): "Botchan" (1906)
Natsume Soseki (Japan, 1867): "Sanshiro" (1908)
Natsume Soseki (Japan, 1867): "Kokoro/ Mind" (1912) +
Natsume Soseki (Japan, 1867): "Michi Kusa/ Grass on the Road" (1914)
Natsume Soseki (Japan, 1867): "Sorekara/ And Then" (1909)
Higuchi Ichiyo (Japan, 1872): "O-tsugomori" (1894)
Higuchi Ichiyo (Japan, 1872): "Takekurabe/ Comparing Heights" (1895) +
Higuchi Ichiyo (Japan, 1872): "Nigorie" (1895)
Higuchi Ichiyo (Japan, 1872): "Ju-sanya"(1895)
Higuchi Ichiyo (Japan, 1872): "Mon/ The Gate"(1910)
Izumi Kyoka (Japan, 1873): "Gekashitsu/ The Operating Room" (1895)
Izumi Kyoka (Japan, 1873): "Ko-yahijiri/ The Holy Man of Mount Koya" (1900) +
Izumi Kyoka (Japan, 1873): "Uta Andon" (1910) +
Izumi Kyoka (Japan, 1873): "Ruko Shinso" (1939)
Tayama Katai (Japan, 1871): "Futon" (1907)
Shimakazi Toson (Japan, 1872): "Hakai/ Broken Commandment" (1906)
Shimakazi Toson (Japan, 1872): "Shinshei" (1919)
Yosano Akiko (Japan, 1878): "Midaregami" (1901) [p] +
Arishima Takeo (Japan, 1878): "Aru Onna/ A Woman" (1919)
Nagai Kafu (Japan, 1879): "Sumidagawa/ River Sumida" (1909)
Nagai Kafu (Japan, 1879): "Ude Kurabe/ Geisha in Rivalry" (1916)
Nagai Kafu (Japan, 1879): "Bokuto Kitan/ A Strange Tale from East of the River" (1937) +
Kawakami Hajime (Japan, 1879): "Jijoden/ Autobiography" (1946)
Masamune Hakucho (Japan, 1879): "Doro Ningyo/ Clay Doll" (1911)
Nagatsuka Takashi (Japan, 1879): "Tsuchi/ Earth" (1912)
Saito Mokichi (Japan, 1882): "Shakko/ Redlight" (1913) [p]
Saito Mokichi (Japan, 1882): "Aratama/ Uncut Gems" (1921) [p]
Shiga Naoya (Japan, 1883): "Han no Hanzai/ Han's Crime" (1913)
Shiga Naoya (Japan, 1883): "Anya Koro/ A Dark Night's Passing" (1921) +
Takamura Kotaro (Japan, 1883): "Poems" (1956) [p]
Ishikawa Takuboku (Japan, 1885): "Warera no Ichidan to Kare/ The Group and Him" (1910)
Ishikawa Takuboku (Japan, 1885): "Ichiaku no Suna/ A Fistful of Sand" (1910) [p] +
Ishikawa Takuboku (Japan, 1885): "Kanashiki Gangu/ Sad Toys" (1912) [p] +
Nakazato Kaizan (Japan, 1885): "Daibosatsu Toge" (1941)
Nogami Yaeko (Japan, 1885): "Meiro/ The Maze" (1956)
Kinoshita Mokutaro (Japan, 1885): "Shokugo no Uta/ Songs After Eating" (1919) [p]
Kitahara Hakushu (Japan, 1885): "Jashumon/ Secret Songs of the Heretics" (1909) [p]
Mushakoji Saneatsu (Japan, 1885): "Yoshiko" (1908)
Hagiwara Sakutaro (Japan, 1886): "Tsuki ni Hoeru/ Howling at the Moon" (1917) [p] +
Hagiwara Sakutaro (Japan, 1886): "Aoneko/ Blue Cat" (1923)
Tanizaki Junichiro (Japan, 1886): "Momoku Monogatari/ A Blind Man's Tale" (1931)
Tanizaki Junichiro (Japan, 1886): "Ashikari/ Reed Cutter" (1932) +
Tanizaki Junichiro (Japan, 1886): "Shunkinsho/ Portrait of Shunkin" (1932) +
Tanizaki Junichiro (Japan, 1886): "Sasameyuki/ Makioka Sisters" (1948) ++
Tanizaki Junichiro (Japan, 1886): "Tade-kuu Mushi/ Some Prefer Nettles" (1928) +
Akutagawa Ryonosuke (Japan, 1892): "Rashomon" (1915)
Akutagawa Ryonosuke (Japan, 1892): "Daido-ji Shinsuke no hansei/ The Early Life of Daidoji Shinsuke" (1925)
Akutagawa Ryonosuke (Japan, 1892): "Kesa to Morito" (1915) +
Akutagawa Ryonosuke (Japan, 1892): "Kamigami no Bisho/ The Faint Smiles of the Gods" (1921)
Akutagawa Ryonosuke (Japan, 1892): "Kappa" (1927)
Akutagawa Ryonosuke (Japan, 1892): "Aru Aho no Issho/ The Life of a Fool" (1927) +
Eiji Yoshikawa (Japan, 1892): "Naruto Hitcho/ Secret Record of Naruto" (193#)
Taro Hirai/ Edogawa Rampo (1894): "Inju/ Beast in the Shadows" (1928)
Taro Hirai/ Edogawa Rampo (1894): "D-zaka no satsujin jiken/ Case of the Murder on D-Slope" (1925)
Taro Hirai/ Edogawa Rampo (1894): "Yane-ura no Sanposha/ The Stalker in the Attic" (1925)
Taro Hirai/ Edogawa Rampo (1894): "Ningen Isu/ The Human Chair" (1925)
Taro Hirai/ Edogawa Rampo (1894): "Koto no oni/ The Demon of the Lonely Isle" (1930)
Miyazawa Kenji (Japan, 1896): "Poems" (Haru to Shura/ Spring and the Asura" (1923) [p]
Osaragi Jiro (Japan, 1897): "Tenno no Seiki/ The Century of the Emperor" (1973)
Kuroshima Denji (Japan, 1898): "Buso Seru Shigai/ Militarized Streets" (1930)
Tsuboi Shigeji (Japan, 1898): "Poems" (1975) [p]
Yokomitsu Riichi (Japan, 1898): "Ryoshu" (1946)
Ibuse Masuji (Japan, 1898) "Kuroi Ame/ Black Rain" (1969) +
Ishikawa Jun (Japan, 1899): "Fugen" (1936) +
Ishikawa Jun (Japan, 1899): "Mrusu no Uta/ The Song of Mars" (1938)
Ishikawa Jun (Japan, 1899): "Taka" (1953)
Miyamoto Yuriko (Japan, 1899): "Nobuko" (1926)
Kawabataa Yasunari (Japan, 1899): "Yukiguni/ Snow Country" (1937) +
Kawabataa Yasunari (Japan, 1899): "Sembazuru/ Thousand Cranes" (1951) +
Kawabataa Yasunari (Japan, 1899): "Meijin/ The Master of Go" (1954) +
Kawabataa Yasunari (Japan, 1899): "Yama no Oto/ The Sound of the Mountain" (1954) +
Kawabataa Yasunari (Japan, 1899): "Nemureru Bijo/ House of Sleeping Beauties" (1961)
Tsuboi Sakae (Japan, 1900) "Niju-shi no Hitomi/ Twenty-Four Eyes" (1952)
Oguma Hideo (Japan, 1901): "Poems" (1940) [p]
Kobayashi Takiji (Japan, 1903): "Kanikosen/ Cannery Boat" (1929)
Hayashi Fusao (Japan, 1903): "Musuko no Seishun/ My Son's Youth" (1951)
Youstol Dispage (1903): "Piero Scaruffi" (1939) [p]
Koda Aya (Japan, 1904): "Nagareru" (1956)
Ishikawa Tatsuzo (Japan, 1905): "Sobo" (1935)
Enchi Fumiko (Japan, 1905): "Himojii Tsukihi/ Days of Hunger" (1953)
Enchi Fumiko (Japan, 1905): "Onna zaka/ The Waiting Years" (1957)
Hino Ashihei (Japan, 1907): "Funnyo-tan" (1937)
Inoue Yasushi (Japan, 1907): "Togyu" (1950)
Inoue Yasushi (Japan, 1907): "Tempyo no Iraka/ The Roof Tile of Tempyo" (1957)
Nakahara Chuya (Japan, 1907): "Yagi no Uta/ Goat Songs" (1934) [p]
Nakahara Chuya (Japan, 1907): "Arishi Hi no Uta (Songs of Bygone Days" (1937) [p]
Dazai Osamu (Japan, 1909): "Shayo/ Setting Sun" (1947) +
Ooka Shohei (Japan, 1909): "Nobi/ Fires on the Plain" (1951)
Fukazawa Shichiro (Japan, 1914): "Narayama Bushiko/ The Ballad of Narayama" (1956)
Kinoshita Junji (Japan, 1914): "Yuzuru" (1950) [t] +
Noma Hiroshi (Japan, 1915): "Shinku Chitai/ Zone of Emptiness" (1952)
Noma Hiroshi (Japan, 1915): "Seinen no Wa/ Ring of Youth" (1971)
Shimao Toshio (Japan, 1917): "Ware Fukaki Fuchi Yori" (1954) +
Shimao Toshio (Japan, 1917): "Shi no Toge/ The Sting of Death" (1960)
Shimao Toshio (Japan, 1917): "Hi no Utsuroi/ Account of a Wild Monkey" (1977)
Minakami Tsutomu (Japan, 1919): "Furaipan no Uta/ Song of the Frying Pan" (1952)
Jakucho Setouchi (Japan, 1922): "Hana ni Toe" (1992)
Tamura Ryuichi (Japan, 1923): "Poems" (1998) [p]
Endo Shusaku (Japan, 1923): "Chinmoku/ Silence" (1966) +
Yoshiyuki Junnosuke (Japan, 1923): "Shu-u/ Sudden Shower" (1954)
Yoshiyuki Junnosuke (Japan, 1923): "Anshitsu/ The Dark Room" (1969)
Yoshiyuki Junnosuke (Japan, 1923): "Yugure Made/ Until Evening" (1978) +
Abe Kobo (Japan, 1924): "Suna no Onna/ Woman in the Dunes" (1962) +
Abe Kobo (Japan, 1924): "Moetsukita Chizu/ Ruined Map" (1967)
Abe Kobo (Japan, 1924): "Tomodachi/ Friends" (1967) [t]
Abe Kobo (Japan, 1924): "Bo ni Natta Otoko/ The Man Who Turned Into a Stick" (1969) [t]
Abe Kobo (Japan, 1924): "Hako Otoko/ Box Man" (1974) [t]
Mishima Yukio (Japan, 1925): "Hanjo" (1956) [t]
Mishima Yukio (Japan, 1925): "Kamen no Kokuhaku/ Confessions of a Mask" (1948) +
Mishima Yukio (Japan, 1925): "Kinkaku-ji/ The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" (1956) +
Mishima Yukio (Japan, 1925): "Haru no Yuki/ Spring Snow" (1968)
Mishima Yukio (Japan, 1925): "Honba/ Runaway Horses" (1969)
Mishima Yukio (Japan, 1925): "Akatsuki no Tera/ Temple of Dawn" (1970)
Mishima Yukio (Japan, 1925): "o-jo-no Umi/ The Sea of Fertility" (1970) +
Maruya Saiichi (Japan, 1925): "Toshi No Nokori/ The Rest of the Year" (1968)
Maruya Saiichi (Japan, 1925): "Tatta Hitori No Hanran/ Singular Rebellion" (1972) +
Tsuji Kunio (Japan, 1925): "Kairo- nite/ In the Corridor" (1963)
Tsuji Kunio (Japan, 1925): "Saigyo Kaden/ Life of Saigyo" (1995)
Ko-no Taeko (Japan, 1926): "Kani/ Crab" (1963)
Ko-no Taeko (Japan, 1926): "Fui no Koe/ A Sudden Voice" (1969)
Tsujii Takashi (Japan, 1927): "Niji no Misaki/ Rainbow Cape" (1994)
Kaga Otohiko (Japan, 1929): "Kaerazaru Natsu/ A Summer Long Gone" (1973)
Hino Keizo (Japan, 1929): "Ano Yu-hi/ The Evening Sun" (1974)
Hino Keizo (Japan, 1929): "Sakyu ga Ugoku Yo Ni" (1986)
Oba Minako (Japan,, 1930): "Sanbiki no Kani/ Three Crabs" (1968)
Oba Minako (Japan,, 1930): "Katachi mo Naku" (1982)
Hayashi Kyo-ko (Japan, 1930): "Naki ga Gotoki/ As if Nothing Had Happened" (1980)
Hayashi Kyo-ko (Japan, 1930): "Michi/ The Path" (1990)
Akiyuki Nosaka (1930): "Hotaru no Haka/ Grave of the Fireflies" (1967)
Goto Meisei (Japan, 1932): "Yoshino-dayu/ The Courtesan Yoshino" (1981)
Takai Yuichi (Japan, 1932): "Kita no Kawa/ Northern Stream" (1965)
Takai Yuichi (Japan, 1932): "Kono Kuni no Sora/ This Country's Sky" (1984)
Kuroi Senji (Japan, 1932): "Gunsei/ Life in the Cul-de-Sac" (1984)
Inoue Hisashi (Japan, 1933): "Nihonjin no Heso" (1969) [t]
Inoue Hisashi (Japan, 1933): "Ame" (1969) [t]
Inoue Hisashi (Japan, 1933): "Kirikiri-Jin" (1982)
Inoue Hisashi (Japan, 1933): "Shanhai Mun" (1991) +
Ishihara Shintaro (Japan, 1933): "Taiyo no Kisetsu" (1956)
Yoshio Aramaki (Japan, 1933): "Yawarakai Tokei/ Soft Clocks" (1968) +
Yoshio Aramaki (Japan, 1933): "Konpeki no Kantai/ Deep Blue Fleet" (1992)
Yasutaka Tsutsui (Japan, 1934): "Toki o Kakeru Shojo" (1967)
Yasutaka Tsutsui (Japan, 1934): "Yumenokizaka Bunkiten/ Dreamtree Hill Junction" (1987)
Yasutaka Tsutsui (Japan, 1934): "Paprika" (1993)
Oe Kenzaburo (Japan, 1935): "Kojinteki no Taiken/ Personal Matter" (1964) +
Oe Kenzaburo (Japan, 1935): "Manen Gannen no Futtobo-ru/ Silent Cry" (1967) +
Oe Kenzaburo (Japan, 1935): "Shizuka na Seikatsu/ A Quiet Life" (1996)
Miki Taku (Japan, 1935): "Tokyo Gozen Sanji/ 3 AM in Tokyo" (1966) [p]
Miki Taku (Japan, 1935): "Roji" (1997)
Furui Yoshikichi (Japan, 1937): "Yoko" (1971)
Furui Yoshikichi (Japan, 1937): "Asagao/ Morning Glory" (1983) +
Furui Yoshikichi (Japan, 1937): "On Nakayama Hill" (1986)
Furui Yoshikichi (Japan, 1937): "The White-haired Melody" (1997)
Ikezawa Natsuki (Japan, 1945): "Masiasu Giri No Shikkyaku/ The Fall of Macias Guili" (1993)
Nakagami Kenji (Japan, 1946): "Misaki/ The Cape" (1975)
Takagi Nobuko (Japan, 1946): "Toko no Ki" (1999)
Koushun Takami (Japan, 1969): "Batoru Rowaiaru/ Battle Royale" (1999)
Tsushima Yu-ko (Japan, 1947): "Hi no Yama - Yamazaruki/ Mountain of Fire - Account Of A Wild Monkey" (1998)
Chiaki Kawamata (Japan, 1948): "Genshigari/ Death Sentences" (1984)
Haruki Murakami (Japan, 1949): "Kaze no Uta o Kike/ Hear the Wind Sing" (1979)
Haruki Murakami (Japan, 1949): "Hitsuji o Meguru Bo-ken/ A Wild Sheep Chase" (1982) +
Haruki Murakami (Japan, 1949): "Sekai no Owari to Ha-doboirudo Wanda-rando/ Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" (1985) ++
Haruki Murakami (Japan, 1949): "Noruwei no Mori/ Norwegian Wood" (1987)
Haruki Murakami (Japan, 1949): "Nejimaki-dori Kuronikuru/ The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" (1995)
Haruki Murakami (Japan, 1949): "Umibe no kafuka/ Kafka on the Shore" (2002) +
Haruki Murakami (Japan, 1949): "1Q84" (2010)
Kirino Natsuo (Japan, 1951): "Out" (1997)
Ryu Murakami (Japan, 1952): "Kagirinaku To-mei ni Chikai Buru/ Almost Transparent Blue" (1976) +
Ryu Murakami (Japan, 1952): "Koinrokka Beibi-zu/ Coin Locker Babies" (1980)
Hosaka Kazushi (Japan, 1956): "Kono Hito no Iki/ The Area of the Person" (1995)
Hosaka Kazushi (Japan, 1956): "Kisetsu no Kioku/ Memories of Seasons" (1997)
Yoko Tawada (1960): "Inu Muko Iri/ The Bridegroom Was a Dog" 1993) +
Yoko Tawada (1960): "Suspect on the Night Train" (2003)
Machida Ko (Japan, 1962): "Kiregire/ Shreds" (2000)
Machida Ko (Japan, 1962): "Kokuhaku/ Confession" (2005)
Yoshimoto Mahoko (Japan, 1964): "Kitchen" (1987)
Horie Toshiyuki (Japan, 1964): "Oparavan" (1999)
Horie Toshiyuki (Japan, 1964): "Yukinuma to Sono Shu-hen/ Yukinuma and Its Environs" (2004)
Novala Takemoto (Japan, 1968): "Shimotsuma Monogatari/ Kamikaze Girls" (2002)
Kanae Minato (1973): "Kokuhaku/ Confessions" (2008)
Kanae Minato (1973): "Shokuzai/ Penance" (2009)


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Todo Shizuko (Japan, ????????): "Ripening Summer" (1988)
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