Bungakukai (文学界, "Literary World") is a Japanese monthly literary magazine published by Bungeishunjū as junbungaku (純文学, lit. "pure literature") oriented publication.

Year founded1893
Based inTokyo

History and profile

The first version of Bungakukai was published from 1893 to 1898.[1] The founders were the first generation romantic authors in the country.[2] The magazine featured articles on romanticism, modernism and idealism.[1] The magazine's second version started in October 1933.[3] Bungeishunjū has owned the magazine since then.[4]

The headquarters of Bungakukai is in Tokyo.[5] Along with Shinchō, Gunzo, Bungei and Subaru, it is one of the five leading literary journals in Japan. It runs a contest for newcomer writers Bungakukai Shinjinshō (Japanese: 文學界新人賞, Newcomer Award of Literary World).


  1. Louis-Frédéric; Käthe Roth (2002). Japan Encyclopedia. Harvard University Press. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  2. Yoshio Takanashi; Palgrave Connect (Online service) (20 February 2014). Emerson and Neo-Confucianism: Crossing Paths Over the Pacific. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-137-39507-8. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. Oliviero Frattolillo (24 July 2014). Interwar Japan beyond the West: The Search for a New Subjectivity in World History. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-4438-6511-1. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  4. Tom Brislin. "David and Godzilla: Anti-Semitism and Seppuku in Japanese Publishing". University of Hawaii. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. J. Thomas Rimer; Van C. Gessel (13 August 2013). The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature. Columbia University Press. p. 955. ISBN 978-0-231-53027-9. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
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