Shogakukan Zenbunzenyaku Kogojiten (Unabridged Ancient Japanese Dictionary ) is a dictionary of classical Japanese that includes 25,000* headwords essential for reading classical literature, with an emphasis on texts taught at high school level.

Headwords are categorized and marked in three levels according to the degree of importance (962 main entries, with 682 subentries and general words). Selected major excerpts from classical Japanese literary works that frequently appear in high school textbooks serve as the examples in "full text" form. For the first time in any classical Japanese dictionary, each "full text" is accompanied by identified parts of speech and a translated modern Japanese language text.

Various types of classical poems are introduced under the headings “Hyakunin Isshu (anthology of 100 poems by 100 poets),” “Meika Kansho (known waka poems)” and “Meiku Kansho (known haiku poems),” where the parts of speech used in the poems are identified as well as translated into modern Japanese. The dictionary can therefore be used not only to help understand classical literary works, but to enjoy numerous works of classical poetry.

Furthermore, the JapanKnowledge online version also includes the contents of “Genko jiten (Modern to Classical Japanese Dictionary)” incorporated into Nihongo Benri jiten (Handy Dictionary of the Japanese Language) by Shogakukan, thereby enabling a classical Japanese word search simply by entering the equivalent modern word.

By an integration of various creative approaches, such as an “auxiliary verb lesson at a glance” in a table format, columns explaining classical Japanese in a fun way, and charts, the dictionary has been compiled so that it assists users to understand classical literature more accurately and grasp essential words more easily.

* Not the same as the number of headwords in the JapanKnowledge version.

Compilation: 北原保雄

Contents information

Original books 小学館 全文全訳古語辞典 / 日本語便利辞典
Publisher Shogakukan, Inc.
Publication date January 1, 2004 / December 10, 2004
Number of volumes One volume / One volume
Book price Base price: ¥2,600 + tax / Base price: ¥2,000 + tax
Release date of JK December 16, 2016
Number of entries 22,500 entries
Number of characters 2,700,000 characters
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