Famous Books Of Japanese Literature All Time

Most of the Japanese books, especially novels, are so popular to Japanese literature readers. These books also translated into English, and some of them adapted into movies and TV shows. These books considered a must-read book for everyone who likes to read Japanese literature’s writings. If you are interested to know the literature on Japan, then the post is suitable for you. I am going to present here some Japanese literature books. So, no more delay, let’s go to check out the books without any inconvenience.

Almost Transparent Blue

Japanese author Ryu Murakami wrote the Almost Transparent Blue novel. It is a postmodern novel. This book first published in 1976 and considered one of the best books of Japanese literature. The story of this book is about the author and his friends. They trapped in a cycle of sex, drugs, and rock and roll during the 70s. The main character of the story is Ryū.  The book was translated into English by Nancy Andrew.

The English first edition of the book was published on April 11, 2003, by Kodansha, USA. The pages of the English version of the book are 128. The novel is a brutal story of lost youth in a Japanese seaport town near a military base in America. The novel got the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. The novel is all but unrestrained, but the raw and often ferocious prose takes on a rollercoaster ride through true fact and hallucination. The characters and their expertise come in a lively way to life. The story is very enjoyable. I hope you will like this book a lot.

Kokin Wakashu

The Kokin Wakashu novel is also well-known to the Japanese literature readers as Kokinshu. is an early anthology of the waka form of Japanese poetry, dating from the Heian period. This book published in 905 by order of Emperor Diago, who was the son of Emperor Uda. It is a collection of Japanese Poems of Ancient and Modern Times. The book was the most puissant realization of the ideas of poetry at the time, euphonious the form and format of the poetry of Japan until the late of 9th-century.

It was the first anthropology to divide itself into seasonal and love poetry. Aboriginally, the poetry about the seasons pioneered by the Kokinshu. The book is the oldest manuscript to contain a preface both Chinese and Japanese. The book is very interesting and enjoyable and you will love it that I hope.

The Tale of Genji

If you want to read the best classic work of Japanese literature, The Tale of Genji is a must-read for you. Japanese author Murasaki Shikibu is one of the famous Japanese authors who is the author of this book. The Tale of Genji first published in the early years of the 11th century. The Tale of Genji is a popular Japanese novel series. Royall Tyler translated this book into English. This book has 50 parts. The book was revealed in the before of 1021.

The book is also more translator, namely, Suematsu Kenchō, Arthur Waley, Edward G. Seidensticker, Helen McCullough, and Dennis Washburn. The book was manufactured in the Concertina or Orion style. The English translated book has 1216 pages. It is commonly considered to be the first factual novel in the world, and it was verdict the first psychological novel ever written.

The Pillow Book

Sei Shonagon is a Famous Japanese fictionist, short-story writer. The Pillow Book is one of the great works by Sei Shonagon. This book published in the early 1000s in Heian Japan. The story of this book deals with the fascinating details of Japanese court life in the eleventh century. This book translated into English by Ivan Morris. The book also compelling for those who are devoted to learning about Japanese history or its life.

This book is one of the endowments of Sei Shonagon who aimed to pleasure and surprise with ger poems and humor. It is also a matey look at the experiences and expression of the Heian superior class, further encouraged by Ivan Morris’s widespread notes and critical contextualization. The book is generally enjoyable, more educative, and informative which is totally accessorized a total of 185 topics.


Natsume Soseki is well-known to Japanese literature readers for his contribution. The Kokoro book is the second most famous book by Natsume Soseki, which first published in 1914. Later in 1996, this book translated into English by Edwin McClellan. The story revolved around an unnamed protagonist, who meets his mentor, whom he refers to as Sensei. The book parted into three parts. The main character of the book is a young man who is a college student and meets with an older man at a beach resort. Always, he improved a strong veneration for him. This book is very shortened but amazing. I hope that you will love it and enjoy it interestingly. I hardly suggest this book to the readers.

Kafka on the Shore

Japanese author Haruki Murakami wrote Kalfa on The Shore novel. This novel first published in 2002. And later in 2005, Philip Gabriel translated this book into English. This book received the World Fantasy Award for 2006. The story of this book narrated based on two remarkable characters: a teenage boy and Kafka Tamura. They were running away from home either to escape a heinous prophecy. The story formed into two storylines.

One of these is a teenager whose name is Kafka who decided to run away from home. And the other is an odd and elderly madcap whose name is Nakata who expert a strange incident as a child which left him with odd powers. In the end, it can be said that the story is more enjoyable and interesting. I hope that you will love it.


Takekurabe is a famous Japanese novel written by Ichiyo Higuchi. Edward Seidensticker translated this book into English as Growing Up. This Japanese novella was written in 1895–96. The central theme of this novel is children who are living on the edge of Yoshiwara. That is the only district of Edo and that Edo licensed for prostitution.

The book is not for everyone. It is the book which will make you think a bit differently about the world and help you to get new questions’ answers. The main characters of the book are children who living on the edge of Yoshiwara. It is good writing and a fantastic book. I hardly suggest this book to you.

Taketori Monogatari

The Taketori Monogatari book is also well-known to readers as Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. This book first published in the 10th-century by an anonymous writer. Yasunari Kawabata translated this book into English. This book narrated based on 10th-century Japanese folklore. Taketori Monogatari’s book is the oldest existing Japanese prose narrative, which is also known as the tale of Princess Kaguya. The story is a folk tale of Japan. The book is deliberated the oldest surviving Monogatari, though its exact date of formation is unknown. The book is also interesting.

After analyzing the synopsis of these books of Japanese literature, I am going to finish the article now. All the books are very informative and educative. Now inform your opinion after reading the whole article. If you have any questions or if you think that I missed something in the article, then please inform me in the comment section. You can visit our other pages to know more related information. Keep connected with our site to get more educative information. For spending your important time with me in the long run, thank you so much.


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