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Japanese Text Initiative

University of Virginia, Electronic Text Center, and University of Pittsburgh, East Asia Library
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This easy-to-use site presents more than 50 pre-20th-century classical Japanese texts. The texts range from poems to plays to fictional accounts and are presented in chronological order under the button “Online Texts.” Of particular interest are selections from two Japanese poetry anthologies, the Kokin Wakashu and the Hyakunin Isshu, and a few well-known works, such as Murasaki’s 11th-century The Tale of Genji, Chikamatsu’s 18th-century drama Love Suicides at Sonezaki, and Futabatei’s Floating Clouds, a 19th-century work often considered to be Japan’s first modern novel. Though some texts are translated into English, most are available only in Japanese.

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