Archive for September 12th, 2013

This morning atmosphere is clear blue all the way to the sky and it was clear autumn sky.(However, it is getting hot around noon…phew!) Japanese often say this phrase “Autumn is the best season for reading, sports, the arts, harvest, and good appetite.” How do you say in your place about Autumn? Is the best season for reading Autumn? No? When it comes to talking about the reading, I will introduce some Japanese reading here. If you are interested in them, please check them out


1, “The Pillow Book” (“Makura-no-Soshi” in Japanese):

It is called as the oldest blog in the world. “The Pillow book” is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the 990s and early 11th century in Heian Japan. The book was completed in the year 1002.

Sei Shōnagon
















2, “The Tale of Genji” (“Genji-Monogatari” in Japanese):

The Tale of Genji is a classic work of Japanese literature written by the Japanese noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. It is sometimes called the world’s first full-length novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be considered a classic in the world. Notably, the novel also illustrates a unique depiction of the livelihoods of high courtiers during the Heian period. While universally considered a masterpiece, its precise classification and influence in both Western and Eastern canon has been a matter of debate. The work recounts the life of a son of the Japanese emperor, known to readers as “Hikaru Genji,” or “Shining Genji”. For political reasons, Genji is relegated to commoner status (by being given the surname Minamoto) and begins a career as an imperial officer. The tale concentrates on Genji‘s romantic life and describes the customs of the aristocratic society of the time. Much is made of Genji‘s good looks.















Murasaki Shikib1













As an digression, this two women writer were rivals each other in their own intelligences and in their master positions in their Court because they were political opponent…


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