The kojiki an account of ancient matters translations from the asian classics no yasumaro o gustav heldt on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers japans oldest surviving narrative the eighth century kojiki chronicles the mythical origins of its islands and their ruling dynasty through a diverse array of genealogies. Japans oldest surviving narrative the eighth century kojiki chronicles the mythical origins of its islands and their ruling dynasty through a diverse array of genealogies tales and songs that have helped to shape the modern nations views of its ancient pastgustav heldts engaging new translation of this revered classic aims to make the kojiki accessible to contemporary readers while . The kojiki previously translated as a record of ancient matters is considered to be the first literary work in the history of japan it is a compilation of myths history songs legends genealogies and other disparate works from which written history and literature were later created. Kojiki kojiki records of ancient matters or an account of ancient matters also sometimes read as furukotofumi is the oldest extant chronicle in japan dating from the early 8th century 711 712 and composed by no yasumaro at the request of empress genmei with the purpose of
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