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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. 
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. 
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. 
Both types of monogatari encompassed several subcategories: 
- Denki Monogatari: depicted fantastical events (such as Meifumado and Kaideo's Hyakumonogatari Kaidenkai.
- Tsukuri Monogatari: depicted court romance (such as the Tale of Genji).
- Rekishi Monogatari: recounted historical events, such as the formation of the Empire.
- Gunki Monogatari: war tales.
- Giko Monogatari: imitation tales, patterned after other works such as plays, shorter stories, and long poems.
Known Mongatari Edit
- Hyakumonogatari Kaidenkai (“A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales”)
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