Written by imperial command in the eighth century, A more factual history called the This classic text is a key to the historical roots of the Japanese people their early life and the development of their character and institutions as well as a lively mixture of legend and history, genealogy, and poetry. It stands as one of the greatest monuments of Japanese literature because it preserves more faithfully than any other book the mythology, manners, language and traditions of Japan. It provides, furthermore, a vivid account of a nation in the making.
The work opens This famous translation by the British scholar Basil Hall Chamberlain is enhanced by notes on the text and an extensive introduction discussing early Japanese society, as well as
Records of Ancient Matters
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