Ocho Monogatari (tales from the Heian and Kamakura periods) (王朝物語)

Among the novels and tales written from the late Heian period to the early Muromachi period, Ocho Monogatari refers to the ones that are characterized by having Japanese sentences written in Hiragana (the Japanese syllabaries), and having been created on the basis of the customs, aesthetic sense, and the concepts of literature during the period of Court rule. Generally speaking, these are tsukuri monogatari (fanciful tale) in concept, but at the same time they include a wide range of tales such as uta monogatari (poem-tale), historical tales, and so on; they are often compared with novels and tales written in the medieval and early-modern times.