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Charm
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1000: Charm (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.

The original title on the box is Yûen, a poetic term for grace and beauty. This lady is one of Genji's many lovers, but is also (unknown to Genji) the daughter of an enemy. Here she awaits a tryst in her many-layered kimono, under the hazy spring moon (oborozuki: another icon of Japanese literature).

Detail

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; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E83170 (1000SN-170 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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