Zuihitsu

genre of Japanese literature consisting of loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas that typically respond to the author's surroundings

Zuihitsu (随筆) is a genre of Japanese literature consisting of loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas that typically respond to the author's surroundings. The name is derived from two Kanji meaning "at will" and "pen." The provenance of the term is ultimately Chinese, zuihitsu being the Sino-Japanese reading (on'yomi) of 随筆 (Mandarin: suíbǐ), the native reading (kun'yomi) of which is fude ni shitagau (“follow the brush”). Thus works of the genre should be considered not as traditionally planned literary pieces but rather as casual or randomly recorded thoughts by the authors.
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genre: Zuihitsu

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Chiteiki

representative kanbun texts of the mid Heian period

author: Yoshishige no Yasutane

The Pillow Book

1002 book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon

author: Sei Shōnagon

Hōjōki

short work of the early Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan by Kamo no Chōmei

author: Kamo no Chōmei

Tsurezuregusa

literary work

author: Yoshida Kenkō

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