Jinno Shotoki

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The Jinnô Shôtôki, or "Record of the Orthodox Transmission of Gods and Sovereigns," was a text composed in 1339 to 1343 by Kitabatake Chikafusa. It is perhaps the earliest text to explicitly advance a rhetorical argument that Japan is "the land of the gods" (shinkoku), and speaks of a firm political stability centered around the unbroken line of emperors, even amidst the disunity of the Nanbokuchô Period in which Chikafusa lived.


  • Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 210-211.