Friday, August 15, 2003


The Illustrated Tale of Genji: the 44th quire Takekawa

My fascination with Asian culture, long smoldering, seems to be catching fire in the last couple of years. The Tale of Genji is one of the earliest works of literature that can actually be called a "novel", and this detail is from an illustrated "edition" commissioned by aristocrats in the twelfth century. I have little knowledge of the book's story (although I did find an online text and an extensive resource site), but I found this particular image interesting, mainly in the blend of color.

And tonight, I think it's sushi for dinner. Yes, it's sushi from the local supermarket. But hey, it's kind of close.

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