Heian period

Detail of 17th-century portrait of Murasaki Shikibu, wearing the j?nihitoe, by Tosa Mitsuoki (1617–1691)

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated at The Met

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Written c1000 at the imperial court in Japan by the Lady Murasaki Shikibu The Tale of Genji has had a profound effect on the evolution of literature and romance

Cherry blossom viewing - japan

Garden Art in Japan – Bountiful Beauties of Paradise

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At Byodo-in at Uji, Japan are the remains of an old garden with deciduous trees, autumn colour and flowers as important elements and it’s like being in Paradise

A Torrent of Colour

A Torrent of Colour

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Shinto, or the Way of the Gods was the earliest Japanese philosophy and religion, whose intellectual and spiritual ideas formed the foundation for the creation of gardens. The Lady Murasaki Shikibu, during the Heian period (794-1185), in her novel The Tale of the Genji written a thousand years ago recorded…