Literature has not changed a whole lot from ancient times. Their literature is practically a form of art. Women are usually very prideful about their literature. One of the first Japanese stories were written by the famous Lady Murasaki Shikibu. She wrote the amazing story, The Tale of Genji. It's a story about a prince who falls in love with a woman from a different social class, and if you didn't know, that's forbidden. That story is the first full length novel.