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This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. This article needs attention from an expert on the subject. Please add a reason or a talk parameter to this template to explain the issue with the article. Early works of Japanese literature were heavily influenced by cultural contact with China and Chinese literature, often written in Classical Chinese.
Before the introduction of kanji from China, the Japanese had no writing system. It is believed that Chinese characters came to Japan at the very beginning of the fifth century, brought by immigrants from the mainland of Korean and Chinese descent. Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji. The Heian period has been referred to as the golden era of art and literature in Japan. During this era, literature became centered on a cultural elite of nobility and monks.