Explore the strange and beautiful world of Japanese literature from the seventeenth century to the present. Follow the footsteps of a medieval travelling poet, delve into the world of the Tokyo pleasure district, view Hiroshima through the eyes of survivors after the atomic bombing, and interpret dreams to shine a light on Japanese history and culture.

Through reading poems, short stories, novel extracts and journal entries, you will discover how nature, China and the West have shaped the literature of the Land of the Rising Sun.

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