Izumi Shikibu; Japanese (10th-11th century) "I left my hills,/ struggled along a dark/ worldly way,/ for I still hunger/ to be with you again." ~ "Here in this world/ I won't live/ one minute more,/ where pain is rank/ like black bamboo." ~ "If you have no time/ to come, I'll go./ I want to learn the way/ of writing poems/ as a way to you."

Izumi Shikibu; Japanese (10th-11th century) "I left my hills,/ struggled along a dark/ worldly way,/ for I still hunger/ to be with you again." ~ "Here in this world/ I won't live/ one minute more,/ where pain is rank/ like black bamboo." ~ "If you have no time/ to come, I'll go./ I want to learn the way/ of writing poems/ as a way to you."

A woman dressed in junihitoe (Japanese ceremonial kimono which could weigh 40 pounds).

A woman dressed in junihitoe (Japanese ceremonial kimono which could weigh 40 pounds).

東聖観「浮船の行方」源氏物語色紙  A woman wearing junihitoe.

東聖観「浮船の行方」源氏物語色紙 A woman wearing junihitoe.

Another Genji Monogatari display at the costume museum.

ladies at leisure playing kai awase

heian style sleeping court lady 風俗博物館展示 2008年 4、女房の局(つぼね)

heian style sleeping court lady 風俗博物館展示 2008年 4、女房の局(つぼね)

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