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Dream of Genji
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300: Dream of Genji (Haruyo)

The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari) is said to be the world's first novel, written in around 1000 AD, by the Lady Murasaki Shikibu (978-1016). Haruyo has chosen vignettes from the story, to illustrate the opulent fashion of court life in the Heian era.

Here we see the author herself, Murasaki Shikibu. As she ponders what to write, her hero Genji plays the flute, perhaps for a lover. Of course all this is an excuse for Haruyo's kimono imagination.

Original title: Yume-maboroshi (dream-visions)

Detail

From the Tale of Genji site: a statue of the author at her writing table

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E27019 (27-019 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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