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紫式部日記 Murasaki Shikibu Nikki

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Rs may get bored of reading paragraphs dedicated to a certain woman s ceremonial dress or what exactly happens on the 5th day of a Prince s life Later it becomes reflective on Murasaki s life and the lives of the People around her It s a relatively short read but it will only prove interesting to someone who is ascinated by the WORKINGS OF JAPANESE HEIAN COURT AT IT S PEAK of Japanese Heian Court at it s peak you have no prior knowledge or interest on the subject I wouldn t suggest reading it The passages where Murasaki talks of her rivals are my avorite She has strong opinions on Sei Shonagon author of The Pillow Book and on Izumi Shikibu a amous poet and contemporary of MurasakiAnother alternative would be checking out The Tale of Murasaki written by cultural anthropologist Liza Dalby She wrote a antastic historical STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare fiction novel about Murasaki based on what scholars know and speculate about one of Japan sirst and most celebrated author So I m doing a lil survey of Heian Period Female Written Literature female written literature of six books The Diary of Lady Murasaki The Tale of Genji As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams The Gossamer Years The Pillow Book and The Confessions of Lady Nijo okay technically that last one is Kamakura period but what s a century among riends Murasaki s diary was a little disappointing honestly This rom the author of the world s irst novel arguably Fairly dry with its dogged insistence of random details told in a cool detached slightly depressing voice I guess it s a good introduction to the period I m situated I have an image of what a Heian period noblewoman s world is like which should serve me over the next ew weeks of reading but I was glad this one was short Sincerely hope Mursaki s the Tale of Genji is engaging. AncholyIn his illuminating introduction Richard Bowing discusses what is known of Murasaki's life and the religion ceremonies costumes architecture and politics of her time to explain the cultural background to her vivid evocation of court life This edition also includes an explanation of Japanese names and dates appendices and updated Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All further readingTranslated and introduced by RICHARD BOWRING. Ogan served Empress Teishiirst wife of Emperor Ichijo while Murasaki served Empress Shoshi the second wife and consort This speaks of interesting court intrigues but sadly Murasaki doesn t get into any particularsMurasaki tends to be rather morose and depressed or most of the narrative when she is not in description mode one does wonder not in description mode One does wonder her story was There was a time when she mentions holding Chinese books collected by someone close to her Husband or ather Did she miss him badly and hence was so depressed The book has left me intensely curious about This Lady And Her lady and her PrefaceA Note on Japanese Names and DatesIntroduction Cultural Background The Author The Diary The Diary of Lady Murasaki Appendix 1 Ground plans and MapAppendix 2 Additional SourcesA Guide to Further Reading This is perhaps better read before reading The Tale of Genji which I ve only just inished I was still on a high rom that masterpiece when I dived into the diary It s precisely what it claims to be a diary but not a deeply intimate one It lacks the vivid liveliness of the novel and seems so dry after experiencing the dramas of Prince Genji Lady Murasaki and their contemporaries The Diary is a Mexican Hooker factual recounting of daily court life with some personal reflection woven throughout the text Theiction version shimmers to life and transports you back to medieval Japan but the diary did not have that mesmerizing power at least not or me The Diary of Lady Murasaki written by Murasaki Shikibu and translated by Richard Bowring not or me The Diary of Lady Murasaki written by Murasaki Shikibu and translated by Richard Bowring t The Thirteen-Gun Salute for everyone It begins as a very detailed record of the birth of a new Prince in the Heian Japanese Court as seen through Murasaki s eyes Detailing all the costume and rituals of the court some reade. Ween the Emperor's consorts with sharp criticism of Murasaki'sellow ladies in waiting and drunken courtiers and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful ather Michinaga The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exuisite and pensive mel. Murasaki Shikibu was one of the women renowned or producing Japanese literature during the Heian Era She is the author of the amous Genji Monogatari and by the time this diary was
Written She Had Already 
she had already amous as an author As a lady in waiting to Empress Shoshi Murasaki writes about the birth of Shoshi s second son Atshuhira in The Diary of Lady Murasaki The translation of my edition is done by Richard Bowring a British historian specialising in Japanese history and culture He has done a highly commendable job Without the detailed introduction provided by the translator putting Everything Into Context I Would into context I would have enjoyed the book as much as I did However some confusions remain For instance I reuently had no idea who was who and how they were related There were times when there was a list of names and while it might have made sense to contemporaries many of these names are now almost obscure Also whom did Her Majesty and Her Excellency refer to One of them definitely refers to Empress Shoshi but which one And it s a mystery who the other woman is It could be Ichijo s mother or his irst wife The irst half of the diary is a detailed description of the ceremonies taking place after the birth Then at some point the tone of the diary changes to become much personal As mentioned in the introduction it does appear that only ragments of the original diary have remained But though the rows of names and descriptions of robes does pall after a while there are some interesting insights to the culture It was amusing to read how much Murasaki appeared to despise Sei Shonogan the author of the amous The Pillow Book I wondered why until I did some research and realised that it made sense since Sei Shon. 'When I go out to sit on the veranda and gazeI sem to be always conjuring up visions of the past'The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki c 973 c 1020 author of The Tale of Genji is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi Told in a series of vignettes it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace the auspicious birth of a prince rivalries bet.