It is known that the difference between the story and the novel lies not in the quantity but in quality. Merimee story writers like Poe or your readers fascinated with the brilliance of their styles. Akutagawa is one of the few representatives of modern Japanese literature that has achieved a similar effect.
In the stories of Akutagawa becomes important form and means of expression, which explains why attempts techniques and styles that astonish by their admirable ductility; his real goal, however, is finding that nontransferable something only achieved when the author encysts in apparent comfort of a defined style or mode.
Akutagawa is one of the writers who have approached the domain of pure art by cultivating the story.