Episode 1: The Kojiki

Kobayashi Eitaku, Izanagi and Izanami, c. 1885
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Episode 1: The Kojiki—Gods having sex, founding of the imperial dynasty, and some of the origins of WWII. Plus thoughts on the role of women in early Japanese history.

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Read the full on-line text of the Basil Hall Chamberlain translation of The Kojiki for free at Sacred-Texts.com.

The Goddess Chronicle by Kirino Natsuo (trans. Rebecca Copeland)

The Kojiki: The Birth of Japan—The Japanese Creation Myth Illustrated by Kazumi Wilds

Tono Monogatari by Shigeru Mizuki (trans. Zack Davisson)


Ellwood, Robert. “Patriarchal Revolution in Ancient Japan: Episodes from the ‘Nihonshoki’ Sujin Chronicle” in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 1986.

Marcus, Marvin. Japanese Literature from Murasaki to Murakami. Association for Asian Studies, 2015.

De Bary, Theodore, et. al, eds. Sources of Japanese Tradition: From Earliest Times to 1600. Columbia, 1964.

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