This course provides an introduction to the written sources of Japanese history from 800-1600. Instruction focuses on reading and translating a variety of documentary genres, and court chronicles, although some visual sources are introduced in class as well. Each week entails the translation of several short documents. Some research resources and methods are also introduced. In addition to weekly assignments, a presentation of the final research paper is required during the final class and a 12-15 page research paper is due at the end of the semester.