The Shoku Nihongi（続日本紀）is an imperially commissioned history of Japan written in the early Heian period. It is the second of the Rikkokushi (六国史) or "six histories of the nation", coming directly after the Nihon Shoki (日本書紀). It is one of the most important primary historical sources for information about Japan's Nara period. The following text needs to be harmonized with text in the article History of Japan#Heian Period. ... The Rikkokushi ) are Japans six national histories chronicling the seventh and eighth centuries. ... Nihonshoki (日本書紀) is the second oldest history book about the ancient history of Japan. ... The Nara period ) of the history of Japan covers the years from about AD 710 to 784. ...
In total, the Shoku Nihongi is forty volumes long. It is entirely written in kanbun, a Japanese form of classical Chinese, as was normal for formal Japanese texts at the time. Example of Kaeriten Kanbun (æ¼¢æ, literally Han writing) is Chinese written for a Japanese audience. ...
However, ShokuNihongi also contains a much larger number of edicts recorded in the Chinese of the text of the chronicle, which are called choku 勅and shō 詔 (both glossed as “mikotonori” by Norinaga).
In his ShokuNihongi (1993) he analyzed two early senmyō, paying special attention to the performative context, the setting of the edict in the imperial palace at Fujiwarakyō, where the emperor in the Daigokuden 大極殿, facing south, addressed the ranks of nobility and officials drawn up in order of their importance.
In practice the ShokuNihongi edicts are all introduced as either shō or choku, but there is no distinction in the Kujikiryō for edicts which are to be “oral”, as it is assumed the senmyō were, or written.
Nihongi records the construction of a reservoir in 396, the seventh year of Oujin¡¯s reign, by a group of people from the Korean peninsula.
According to Nihongi, Kung-wol, the progenitor of the Hata clan, arrived at Yamato in 403 (the fourteenth year of Oujin) from ¡°Paekche,¡± leading the people of 120 provinces, and in 409 (twentieth year of Oujin), Achi, the progenitor of the Yamato Aya clan, also arrived with the people of 17 provinces.
Nihongi (N1: 345-6) records that King Kaero gave Konji one of his consorts who was pregnant, instructing him to send back the baby if she should be delivered on the journey.
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