Lady Murasaki Shikibu

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

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…