Tale of Genji: Week 17, Chapter 17 (The Picture Contest)

Genji would now be about 31 years of age. When the former Ise Princess (Akikonomu, Genji’s 22-year old ‘ward’ of sorts) returns to Court, she is a smash hit for her painting skills. The Emperor (13-year old Reizei) also loves to paint, so she quickly becomes a favorite of the young Emperor, who you’ll recall is actually Genji’s son by Fujitsubo. You didn’t recall? Well you can hardly be blamed!

Up until this point, the Emperor’s favorite companion had been the 13-year old daughter Genji’s old friend (and rival), To no Chujo. Stay with me  now. The set up is almost done…

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2 responses to “Tale of Genji: Week 17, Chapter 17 (The Picture Contest)

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