Rikkokushi (六国史) is a general term for Japan's Six National Histories chronicling the mythology and history of Japan from the earliest times to 887.[1] The six histories were written at the imperial court during the 8th and 9th centuries, under order of the Emperors.[2] The basic sources were the court records kept by the Ministry of Central Imperial Affairs, and the biographies of meritorious officials composed in the Ministry of Ceremonial Affairs.[3]

The collection consists of the following texts:

The national histories were discontinued after the Sandai Jitsuroku; they were followed by the four Mirror books (starting with Ōkagami).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kōdansha (1983)
  2. ^ Sakamoto (1991)
  3. ^ Kōdansha (1983)


  • Kōdansha, ed. (1983). Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan. Kōdansha.
  • Sakamoto, Tarō; tr. John S. Brownlee (1991). The Six National Histories of Japan. UBC Press, University of Tokyo Press. ISBN 0-7748-0379-7.

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