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 past. The kojiki records of ancient matters or an account of ancient matters is one of the earliest japanese chronicles we have from japan creation and authorship in ad682 the emperor tenmu commissioned his princes and high officials to prepare. 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
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