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