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Year founded1893
Based inTokyo

Bungakukai (文学界, "Literary World") is a Japanese monthly literary magazine published by Bungeishunjū as a junbungaku (純文学, lit. "pure literature") oriented publication.

History and profile[edit]

The first version of Bungakukai was published from 1893 to 1898.[1] The founders were the first generation romantic authors in the country.[2] The magazine featured articles on romanticism, modernism and idealism.[1] The magazine's second version started in October 1933.[3] Bungeishunjū has owned the magazine since then.[4]

The headquarters of Bungakukai is in Tokyo.[5] Along with Shinchō, Gunzo, Bungei and Subaru, it is one of the five leading literary journals in Japan. It runs a contest for newcomer writers Bungakukai Shinjinshō (Japanese: 文學界新人賞, Newcomer Award of Literary World).


  1. ^ a b Louis-Frédéric; Käthe Roth (2002). Japan Encyclopedia. Harvard University Press. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5.
  2. ^ Yoshio Takanashi; Palgrave Connect (Online service) (2014). Emerson and Neo-Confucianism: Crossing Paths Over the Pacific. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-137-39507-8.
  3. ^ Oliviero Frattolillo (2014). Interwar Japan beyond the West: The Search for a New Subjectivity in World History. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-4438-6511-1.
  4. ^ Tom Brislin. "David and Godzilla: Anti-Semitism and Seppuku in Japanese Publishing". University of Hawaii. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ J. Thomas Rimer; Van C. Gessel (2013). The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature. Columbia University Press. p. 955. ISBN 978-0-231-53027-9.

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