The Heike Story by Eiji Yoshikawa is an epic historical fiction novel originally published in Japan in 1950. The English version was translated by Fuki Uramatsu and first released in in 1956. In a beautiful fictionalized story, the book chronicles Kyoto Imperial Court corruption in the 12th century and all the intrigues, scandals, feuds, and love affairs that came with it.
Originally published in Japan in 1935, Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa is an inspiring, epic historical fiction novel. The English version of the book was translated by Charles S. Terry and released in 1981. The book chronicles the fictionalized story of Miyamoto Musashi, legendary Japanese swordsman (samurai), philosopher, and writer. In Yoshikawa’s prolific writing, Musashi’s life journey turns into an amazing Japanese story of audacious adventure and a subtle romance.
Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa (in English translation subtitled “An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan”) is an epic historical fiction novel. Originally released in 1967, the English version was translated by William Scott Wilson and published in 1992. To this day, Yoshikawa is probably one of the most prominent and globally known authors from Japan. He is mostly well known for his takes on historical events and adapts them into big novels, such as Musashi, The Heike Story, and this one, Taiko.