Murasaki Shikibu's Genji Monogatari 源氏物語

Love glory and beauty


54 books, 2,000 pages, 300 characters... These are the dizzying figures of Genji Monogatari, a monument to Japanese literature. This literary fresco from the 11th century, intertwining amorous and political intrigues, is the work of a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court, Murasaki Shikibu (973-1014).



Prince Genji in the plum orchard. Hiroshige and Kunisada print (1853)


Prince Genji under the flight of cranes. Print by Kunisada (1864)

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