Best Japanese Classic Books

Best Japanese Classic Books To Read

Japanese classics are the best works of Japanese literature. Here in this article, we tried to introduce you to some of the best Japanese classic books which are well-known to the Japanese people. Some of these books also translated into some other languages.

1. The Pillow Book

Famous Japanese author Sei Shonagon wrote The Pillow Book novel during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the 990s and early 1000s in Heian Japan. The story of this book describes the fascinating detailed of Japanese court life in the eleventh century. This book first published in 1002. Ivan Morris translated into English.

2. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

The book Tale of the Bamboo Cutter first published by an anonymous author. Yasunari Kawabata and Donald Keene translated this book into Eglish. The story of this book is about the 10th-century Japanese folklore, considered the oldest existing Japanese prose narrative.

3. The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji is one of the best classic work of Japanese literature. The famous female author Murasaki Shikibu wrote this book in the early years of the 11th century. This book divided into 50 parts. The Tale of Genji is a popular Japanese novel series. Royall Tyler translated this book into English.

4. Takekurabe

Famous Japanese author Higuchi Ichiyo wrote the Takekurabe, one of the famous Japanese novel. The Takekurabe book translated by Edward Seidensticker and Robert Danlyinto English. This book was written in 1895–96. I hope you will enjoy this book if you like Japanese culture.

5. Snow Country

Snow Counting is one of a famous Japanese novel. Eminent author Yasunari Kawabata wrote this book. Edward G. Seidensticker translated this book into English. This book considered to be the writer’s one of the masterpieces. The story of this book is about a compelling tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan.

6. I am a Cat

Natsume Soseki was a famous Japanese novelist. I Am a Cat is one of his best books. Graeme Wilson and Aiko Ito translated this book into English. This book, considered one of the most original and unforgettable works in Japanese literature, is a comic masterpiece. The story of this book sets in Tokyo before World War 1. The central character of this story is the author’s cat.

7. Kokoro

Popular Japanese author Natsume Soseki’s second most famous book is Kokoro. Edwin McClellan translated this book into English. This book first published in 1914. The story of this book is about an unnamed protagonist. He meets his mentor, whom he refers to as Sensei. I hardly suggest this book to the readers.

I assume, this article will help you so much to select the best Japanese books that is must-read for you.

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