The Tales of Ise


Along with the Tale of Genji, and One Hundred Poets – One Poem Each, the Tales of Ise is considered to be one of the three most important works of Japanese literature. A poem-tale collection from the early Heian period, it contains many stories of amorous adventures, faithful friendships and travels in exile, framing the exquisite poems at the work’s heart.

The Tales of Ise has influenced waka, Noh, tales and diaries since the time it was written, and is still the source of endless inspiration in novels, poetry, manga and cartoons. This volume has been translated by Peter MacMillan and includes a preface by the renowned Japanologist Donald Keene.

This book is in a paperback format and measures 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm.


  • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Weight: 300g
  • Translation: Peter MacMillan
  • Publisher:  Penguin Books Ltd. (2016)
  • Pages: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780141392578