Kojiki-Den [古事記傅] volume 1, Explanation by Itwse (007)
Syoki has molded the words to imitate a Chinese, as much as possible, but Kojiki hasn’t been affected by Chinese, on top on that, editing has avoided to solely lose the antiquity forms.
(The reason is closely showed where following the introduction of the next book.)
In the first place, they must match each other, meanings, things and words. In an ancient time, each one has ancient meanings, showing ancient things and said by ancient words. In the time followed by the ancient time, each one has following time’s meanings, showing following time’s things and said by following time’s words. In Chinese, each one has a Chinese meanings, showing a Chinese things and said by Chinese words. However, Syoki has been written the things in ancient times with the following time’s meanings, and the meaning of our states with Chinese words, therefore, it has many unmatched points. In contrast, Kojiki has been written directly without the thought of the writer, hence, its meanings, things and words match each other, and these are an ancient trues.
This would be because it focused the words in ancient times.
All of meanings and things are to be handed down with words, therefore, the written words must be important subjects.
Although, due to the preference for Chinese style, Syoki has lost the nuances of antiquuty Japanese, but Kojiki has directly written the old language, then its style of the old langage would be so beautiful.
Therefore, even if it is merely one of the various references, and is not a inportant official document, still, we should value it, and especially, in which the Pope in the period of Kiyomino-MIya had ordered to edit it, and the imperial order in the period of Heijou had it to restart to edit, then it shouldn’t be compared with an uninportant personal document.
If we think of such things, then one that shoud be more and more attended and respected is actually this record, Kojiki.
Nevertheless, the society of when people solely performed Chinese studies and even the institutions of Japan was becoming similar to Chinese, extravagant administration for similar to the Chinese style on such the records. Also, the truth of ancient times occupying the main place would have been being the one occupying only the sub, and it became to be seemed one of private writings.