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Genji 1-4 Addendum

I was searching for a genealogical chart for the novel and I came up with a detailed one from this Japanese website. According to the website, the chart is reproduced from Richard Bowring,  Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji. (Cambridge, 1988) I include a picture file below:

GenjiChartThe genealogy shows that Genji has two formal marriages, with Aoi (Chapter 2), the Akashi lady (Chapter 13, to be read), and the Third Princess (much later). For the following week, I plan to read to the end of Chapter 9, Aoi /Heart-to-Heart, since Chapters 7 and 8 are relatively short.

Chapter 1 Kiritsubo 桐壺 / The Paulownia Pavilion. In which Genji is born, his mother dies, and Fujitsubo, the emperor’s concubine, is introduced.

Chapter 2 Hahakigi 帚木 / The Broom Tree. In which men tell stories about women of different ranks and Genji meets Utsusemi, the wife of Iyo-no-suke a provincial governor, and was courted in vain by Genji.

Chapter 3 Utsusemi 空蝉 / The Shell of the Locust. In which Genji crawls into the bed of Utsusemi’s stepdaughter by accident. He seduces her by mistake.

Chapter 4 Yûgao 夕顔 / The Evening Faces. In which Yûgao, a beautiful girl who lives near Genji’s old nurse’s house, is killed by the Rokujô Lady’s ghost (not known at first), and Genji takes charge of Tamakazura, the daughter of Yûgao and Tô no Chûjô.

Further Reading:
Jackie’s First Impressions
CB James’s Thoughts

4 Responses

  1. That has to be helpful! Too bad there aren’t more of these out there for other books! The Internet is a beautiful thing.

  2. I’m enjoying following your progress through Genjii and was really surprised to hear I left your 10,000th comment! Congratulations on reaching that amazing number! I don’t seem to be able to find your e-mail address (your message came to me as ‘do not reply@…’). I’m at JQSteve@aol.com

    Oh, and I left you an award today in my Sunday Salon post.

  3. Great! Thank you for finding this and adding your own thumbnail sketches. Both of those clarify with just enough information. I’m enjoying my journey and looking forward to new ports of call.

  4. Looking at that chart just makes my head hurt even more!! I’m sure I’ll work it out one day soon!

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