series of six historical books written from 720 to 901

Rikkokushi (六国史), also romanized Rokkokushi, is a general term for Japan's six earliest national histories.[1] These six books chronicle the mythology and history of Japan from the earliest times to AD 887.



The six histories were written at the Imperial court during the eighth and ninth centuries. These works include[2]



  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005)."Rikkokushi," Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 789-790.
  2. de Bary, Wm. Theodore; Gluck, Carol; Tiedemann, Arthur, eds. (2002). Sources of Japanese Tradition: From Earliest Times to 1600. Columbia University Press. p. 240. ISBN 9780231518055.
  3. Nussbaum, "Nihon shoki" at p. 710.
  4. Nussbaum, "Shoku Nihongi" at p. 883.
  5. Nussbaum, "Nihon kōki" at p. 709.
  6. Nussbaum, "Shoku Nihon kōki" at pp. 883-884.
  7. Nussbaum, "Montoku jitsuroku" at p. 658.
  8. Nussbaum, "Sandai jitsuroku" at p. 816.

Further reading

  • Sakamoto, Tarō. (1991). The Six National Histories of Japan (tr. John S. Brownlee). Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press.