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MURASAKI SHIKIBU

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JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Jan 16, 2022
A tragic narrative for women persists even as times change
A Heian Period text reads, 'Ladies must often depend on men who are nothing to them — it is the way of the world.' In Japanese literature, not much has changed.
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CULTURE / Books
Jan 2, 2022
Escape into the courtly Heian Period with Genji
As a new year dawns, find calm and beauty in the vanished world of Murasaki Shikibu's 'The Tale of Genji.'
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CULTURE / Books
Nov 21, 2020
‘The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives’: Personal stories present a fresh perspective on Japan
Christopher Harding scales Japan's history down to the level of the individual with portraits of the eminent as well as the overlooked.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Oct 9, 2019
Oldest written copy of 'missing' part of classic work 'Tale of Genji' discovered
A manuscript containing a missing part of classic Japanese work of literature "The Tale of Genji," written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century, has been found among the heirlooms of the family of a former feudal lord, a cultural foundation said Tuesday.
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CULTURE / Books / WORKS BY JAPANESE WOMEN
Apr 20, 2019
Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon: Two pioneering women in Japanese literature
The Works by Japanese Women series wraps up by examining the various English translations of two of Japan's greatest works of literature, both penned by women: 'The Pillow Book' by Sei Shonagon and 'The Tale of Genji' by Murasaki Shikibu.
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CULTURE / Books / WORKS BY JAPANESE WOMEN
May 12, 2018
Where would we be without the words of Japanese women?
Often overlooked, female writers in Japan, such as Ichiyo Higuchi and Raicho Hiratsuka, have a staying power that surpasses their male contemporaries. To help amplify these female voices, over the next few months we'll be highlighting some of the lesser read in translation but equally deserving Japanese female writers.
JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Nov 19, 2016
Vileness is a quality more repugnant than evil
There is a kind of moral ugliness that, without being quite evil, may be even more repellant than evil because evil — genuine evil — has, sometimes, a certain romantic appeal. You can admire the villain's strength, or courage, or dash, or reckless defiance of that which we all, sometimes,...
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CULTURE / Books
Mar 26, 2016
'Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japan' explores peeping tomism and aristocratic polygamy
Peeping tomism plays a pivotal role in the elegant world of Murasaki Shikibu's "The Tale of Genji," Doris Bargen argues in her new book, "Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japanese." This may surprise readers as much as the argument in her 1997 monograph, "A Woman's Weapon." In that erudite...
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CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Aug 22, 2015
'Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji' unlocks Japan's legendary 1,000-page novel
Dennis Washburn's new translation of "The Tale of Genji" brings the total number of English options to four and a half, but the novel remains as daunting as ever. How do you approach a 1,000-page novel from 1,000 years ago, in which most of the characters don't even have proper names? The book's insight...
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CULTURE / Books
Aug 1, 2015
New translation of the world's oldest novel
'The Tale of Genji," written by Murasaki Shikibu around 1,000 A.D., is regarded by many as the world's first novel and is arguably the most influential work of Japanese literature ever written, inspiring countless other works of drama, fiction and fine art.
JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Oct 18, 2014
Getting to the heart of Murasaki's 'Tale of Genji'
"If any society in the world can be described as unique," wrote historian Ivan Morris, "it is that of Heian Kyo in the time of Murasaki Shikibu."
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Feb 1, 2014
Pursuit of happiness
The merry residents of Japan have long sought to attain the 'pleasantest of all diversions
JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Jan 18, 2014
In Jomon and Heian, the times weren't a-changin'
"Man the change-maker." That is one definition of Homo sapiens. Other creatures are changed — by Nature, by evolution — over vast expanses of time measured in hundreds of thousands or millions of years. Humankind consciously generates change. We innovate, build, invent, destroy, build again....

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