The Diary of Lady Murasaki

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The Diary of Lady Murasaki

The Diary of Lady Murasaki

  • Author: Shikibu Murasaki
  • Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
  • ISBN: 0486845729
  • Category: History
  • Page: 80
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Rare glimpses of the intrigues and drama of court life in 11th-century Japan as expressed by the empress's tutor and companion, who also wrote the fictional Tale of Genji.

The Diary of Lady Murasaki

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The Diary of Lady Murasaki

The Diary of Lady Murasaki

  • Author: Murasaki Shikibu
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141907657
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 144
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The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973-c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace - the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor's consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki's fellow ladies-in-waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga. The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology - her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.

Encyclopedia of the Literature of Empire

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Encyclopedia of the Literature of Empire

Encyclopedia of the Literature of Empire

  • Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • ISBN: 1438119062
  • Category: Colonies in literature
  • Page: 481
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Examines the world's greatest literature about empires and imperialism, including more than 200 entries on writers, classic works, themes, and concepts.

Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

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Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

  • Author: Amy Lowell,Murasaki Shikibu,Annie Shepley Omori,Kochi Doi
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 9780486432045
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 198
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Three well-educated ladies wrote these diaries, among them the skilled writer Murasaki Shikibu (ca. 973-1025 a.d.). A lady-in-waiting to the Japanese Empress, she observed the upper classes with fine detail. The Sarashina Diary, begins with a 9-year-old girl's dreams and ends with the grown woman's account of her husband's funeral (1009-1059 a.d.). 2 color illustrations. 12 black-and-white illustrations. Appendix.

1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die

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1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die

1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die

A Food Lover's Life List

  • Author: Mimi Sheraton
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • ISBN: 076118306X
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 1008
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The ultimate gift for the food lover. In the same way that 1,000 Places to See Before You Die reinvented the travel book, 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world’s best food. The long-awaited new book in the phenomenal 1,000 . . . Before You Die series, it’s the marriage of an irresistible subject with the perfect writer, Mimi Sheraton—award-winning cookbook author, grande dame of food journalism, and former restaurant critic for The New York Times. 1,000 Foods fully delivers on the promise of its title, selecting from the best cuisines around the world (French, Italian, Chinese, of course, but also Senegalese, Lebanese, Mongolian, Peruvian, and many more)—the tastes, ingredients, dishes, and restaurants that every reader should experience and dream about, whether it’s dinner at Chicago’s Alinea or the perfect empanada. In more than 1,000 pages and over 550 full-color photographs, it celebrates haute and snack, comforting and exotic, hyper-local and the universally enjoyed: a Tuscan plate of Fritto Misto. Saffron Buns for breakfast in downtown Stockholm. Bird’s Nest Soup. A frozen Milky Way. Black truffles from Le Périgord. Mimi Sheraton is highly opinionated, and has a gift for supporting her recommendations with smart, sensuous descriptions—you can almost taste what she’s tasted. You’ll want to eat your way through the book (after searching first for what you have already tried, and comparing notes). Then, following the romance, the practical: where to taste the dish or find the ingredient, and where to go for the best recipes, websites included.

Anthology of Japanese Literature

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Anthology of Japanese Literature

Anthology of Japanese Literature

From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

  • Author: Donald Keene
  • Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • ISBN: 0802198651
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 448
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A landmark collection of five periods of literature from the Land of the Rising Sun. The sweep of Japanese literature in all its great variety was made available to Western readers for the first time in this anthology. Every genre and style, from the celebrated No plays to the poetry and novels of the seventeenth century, find a place in this book. An introduction by Donald Keene places the selections in their proper historical context, allowing the readers to enjoy the book both as literature and as a guide to the cultural history of Japan. Selections include “Man’yoshu” or “Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves” from the ancient period; “Kokinshu” or “Collection of Ancient and Modern Poetry,” “The Tosa Diary” of Ki No Tsurayuki, “Yugao” from “Tales of Genji” of Murasaki Shikibu, and “The Pillow Book” of Sei Shonagon from the Heian Period; “The Tale of the Heike” from the Kamakura Period; Plan of the No Stage, “Birds of Sorrow” of Seami Motokiyo, and “Three Poets at Minase” from the Muromachi Period; and Sections from Basho, including “The Narrow Road of Oku,” “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, and Waka and haiku of the Tokugawa Period.

Toxic Archipelago

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Toxic Archipelago

Toxic Archipelago

A History of Industrial Disease in Japan

  • Author: Brett L. Walker
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • ISBN: 0295803010
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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Every person on the planet is entangled in a web of ecological relationships that link farms and factories with human consumers. Our lives depend on these relationships -- and are imperiled by them as well. Nowhere is this truer than on the Japanese archipelago. During the nineteenth century, Japan saw the rise of Homo sapiens industrialis, a new breed of human transformed by an engineered, industrialized, and poisonous environment. Toxins moved freely from mines, factory sites, and rice paddies into human bodies. Toxic Archipelago explores how toxic pollution works its way into porous human bodies and brings unimaginable pain to some of them. Brett Walker examines startling case studies of industrial toxins that know no boundaries: deaths from insecticide contaminations; poisonings from copper, zinc, and lead mining; congenital deformities from methylmercury factory effluents; and lung diseases from sulfur dioxide and asbestos. This powerful, probing book demonstrates how the Japanese archipelago has become industrialized over the last two hundred years -- and how people and the environment have suffered as a consequence.

The Teahouse Fire

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The Teahouse Fire

The Teahouse Fire

  • Author: Ellis Avery
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781101217528
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 480
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“Like attending seasons of elegant tea parties—each one resplendent with character and drama. Delicious.”—Maxine Hong Kingston The story of two women whose lives intersect in late-nineteenth-century Japan, The Teahouse Fire is also a portrait of one of the most fascinating places and times in all of history—Japan as it opens its doors to the West. It was a period when wearing a different color kimono could make a political statement, when women stopped blackening their teeth to profess an allegiance to Western ideas, and when Japan’s most mysterious rite—the tea ceremony—became not just a sacramental meal, but a ritual battlefield. We see it all through the eyes of Aurelia, an American orphan adopted by the Shin family, proprietors of a tea ceremony school, after their daughter, Yukako, finds her hiding on their grounds. Aurelia becomes Yukako’s closest companion, and they, the Shin family, and all of Japan face a time of great challenges and uncertainty. Told in an enchanting and unforgettable voice, The Teahouse Fire is a lively, provocative, and lushly detailed historical novel of epic scope and compulsive readability.

Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

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Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan

  • Author: Shikibu Murasaki
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 0486169197
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 256
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Because women in ancient Japan enjoyed high status, they were well-educated and reasonably independent. They also produced much of the country's best literature. Three of these amazing ladies wrote these diaries, among them the highly skilled writer Murasaki Shikibu (ca. 973-1025 a.d.). A lady-in-waiting to the Japanese Empress, she became very adept at observing the daily activities and attitudes of the upper classes. Her diary is a remarkable record of events staged with rare and exquisite taste. The Sarashina Diary, filled with an appreciation of nature, begins with a nine-year-old girl's dreams and ends with the grown woman's account of her husband's funeral (1009-1059 a.d.). Izumi Shikibu's diary is a delicately written work, with poetic thoughts characteristic of the lady's shy reserve. Brimming with poetry and understated social observations, all three provide an extraordinary glimpse of court life in old Japan. Unabridged republication of the edition originally published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York, 1920. 2 color illustrations. 12 black-and-white illustrations. Appendix.

The Never-ending Feast

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The Never-ending Feast

The Never-ending Feast

The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting

  • Author: Kaori O'Connor
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1847889271
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 256
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Feast! Throughout human history, and in all parts of the world, feasts have been at the heart of life. The great museums of the world are full of the remains of countless ghostly feasts – dishes that once bore rich meats, pitchers used to pour choice wines, tall jars that held beer sipped through long straws of gold and lapis, immense cauldrons from which hundreds of people could be served. Why were feasts so important, and is there more to feasting than abundance and enjoyment? The Never-Ending Feast is a pioneering work that draws on anthropology, archaeology and history to look at the dynamics of feasting among the great societies of antiquity renowned for their magnificence and might. Reflecting new directions in academic study, the focus shifts beyond the medieval and early modern periods in Western Europe, eastwards to Mesopotamia, Assyria and Achaemenid Persia, early Greece, the Mongol Empire, Shang China and Heian Japan. The past speaks through texts and artefacts. We see how feasts were the primary arena for displays of hierarchy, status and power; a stage upon which loyalties and alliances were negotiated; the occasion for the mobilization and distribution of resources, a means of pleasing the gods, and the place where identities were created, consolidated – and destroyed. The Never-Ending Feast transforms our understanding of feasting past and present, revitalising the fields of anthropology, archaeology, history, museum studies, material culture and food studies, for all of which it is essential reading.