|The Emperor said: "When Heaven establishes a Prince, it is for the sake of the people.... [T]he people's poverty is no other than Our poverty; the people's prosperity is none other than Our prosperity. There is no such thing as the people's being prosperous and yet the Prince in poverty." -from "Nintoku"
From its early stories of gods, monsters, and mischievous mythical creatures to its more grounded recountings of historical events, this classic collection of the first literary efforts of the Japanese people is the preeminent source of knowledge about Japanese antiquity.
First published in this translation in 1896, includes a history of the Shinto, variations on the basic myths and legends of the nation, and insight into the manners and customs of the early Japanese.
Students of folklore and comparative religion as well as those of Japanese history will find this an invaluable resource.