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1000: Firefly (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.

Koihotaru is the original title - simply "fireflies of love". In this episode of the story, Genji's foster daughter, Tamakazura, is having emotional problems with her suitors, and when visited at night by one of them, Prince Hotaru ("the Firefly Prince"), Genji helps things along by releasing a cloud of fireflies by whose glow her true beauty is revealed.

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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.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E83144 (1000SN-144 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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