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Monogatari was the Rokugani term for a series of ghost stories and the literary tradition of the Rokugani novel. It was believed to have been created by the followers of Ikoma, and rose to prominence in the reign of Hantei Genji. [1]

Structure Edit

Monogatari were distinguished not by the style of telling; long and ambitious, epic in nature, meant to depict an extended narrative rather than a single event. They formed a significant portion of the pillow-book. [2]

Types Edit

Some monogatari resembled a “novel,” detailing events over a long span of time, and they might incorporate fantastical elements or might be purely realistic. It was not unusual to periodically devolve into highly detailed recounting of historical or aesthetic details. Famous examples included Kakita Ryoku's Winter and Ide Tadahito's Meifumado. The second form used an anthology format, collecting a series of stories that all share a common theme, piecing them together into one epic tale, meant to be told together. This form was more common and popular than a full novel. [2]

Sub-categories Edit

Both types of monogatari encompassed several subcategories: [2]

Known Mongatari Edit


  1. Book of Void, pp. 128-129
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Book of Void, p. 129

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