Thursday, January 19, 2006

"the little hagi frond"

This delightful drawing of the hagi (lespedeza japonica) frond to which Genji is poetically referred by his father, the Emperor, in the Kiritsubo chapter is online courtesy of

The Chinese style of the painting suits the Heian period of imitation in art and culture - the first stage of the shin-gyo-so process.

Update: A delightful page with a clickable index of flora in Genji that contains pictures and names of each that link to their source sentences from the text.

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