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The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters Paperback – 1 Sep 1982

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  • Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (Sept. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804814392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804814393
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,752,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I did really enjoy reading "The Kojiki" by Yasunaro and learning more and more about the ancient Japan. Reading "Kojiki" helped me have understanding for Japanese culture of today, in particular for Japanese anime such as "Princess Momoke" and "Inuyasha." I also began to wonder at the early people's mentality of why they thought the way they did ?" "Svetlana's Reads and Views" blog" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Basil Hall Chamberlain" (1850 1935), was one of the foremost Western translators. His translations include "A Handbook of Colloquial Japanese" (1888) and "Things Japanese" (1890)." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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This is a reprint of Basil Chamberlain's translation from 1919. It is seriously out of date, and, as other reviewers have pointed out, a big pain to read. A new translation by Gustav Heldt will be published in October 2014. Wait for that one instead.
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excellent quality, arrived on time and reasonably priced
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96bf74b0) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96827180) out of 5 stars A Royal Pain to Read 4 Jun. 2005
By M. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Kojiki is the seminal work of Japan's Shinto belief system. There's no understanding Shintoism (and Japan) without it.

Unfortunately, for those of us who speak English, but not Japanese, a good translation is hard and expensive to find. Basil Hall Chamberlain's is the earliest, dating bck to the late 19th century. Unfortunately, this translation suffers from the worst of the furbelows and obfuscations of the late Victorian/Edwardian era. This includes rendering into Latin anything a Victorian scholar might consider a naughty bit. I hope the new edition coming out in September translates the translation for those of us who didn't attend Oxford.

All in all, you're better off with Donald Phillipe's (Sp?) more recent and lucid translation. But since that, too, is hard and expensive to find, take what you can get. The Kojiki's worth it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x968271d4) out of 5 stars Not worth it 13 April 2014
By Joseph Schachtner - Published on Amazon.com
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This "book" is incredibly abridged. Translation issues make it difficult to read and if you have ANY Japanese historical/cultural knowledge or background it is disapointing and frustrating to read. For future translators; don't translate the Japanese names to their literal English meanings!
31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x974205b8) out of 5 stars A Pain Beyond All Pain Unless You're Fluent in Latin 7 July 2006
By NY Bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I did not realize that aside from the English language, one would also need a Latin language background. Add to that the way Victorian/Edwardians translated stuff and you get problems when things like translating names add to the complications. For instance: when is a name not a name? Well, instead of translating a proper name such as "Robert" to "Robert", "Robert" is translated to "Bright Fame." Tack on other descriptiveness and you get a headache - "His August Mighty Brightness met with Her Supreme Lovely Brightness" and you get the idea. Two stars for effort but for the average "Joe" (or the meaning of Joseph is "God shall add (another son)") I'd pass this on by.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9682745c) out of 5 stars More for Study than Leisure 18 Feb. 2008
By Drew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got this book just because i was interested in the stories. while this book includes the entire Kojiki, it is on only about the top 1/3 of each page. the other 2/3 of each page are explanations and background information. Really good for studies or research, but much more information than i need.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9682760c) out of 5 stars Short and sweek 22 Feb. 2013
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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The Kojiki is one of the first pieces of literature in Japanese history. Anyone wanting to understand Japanese history absolutely needs a copy. As a Westerner interested in Shinto, this was an absolute godsend.
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