About the Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji written in the mid-Heian Era of the 11th century is a long literary work whose scene is laid on the aristocracy in Kyoto, and this tale has been accompanying the growth of me. In childhood I was longing for the tale’s imperial court life like dream innocently. But, as I grow, my interest gradually moved to the charm of beautiful original text as well as to the sense of beauty of the Heian era, such as exemplified in furniture and costumes. Recently I have my sympathy with the worry and anguish of female in the tale, which seems not different from the today’s, and it lets me think how to live as one independent woman. In my opinion, it is because Tale of Genji gives each of us the nuance commensurate to life experience of us that, whenever we reread it, we always have the deep emotion different each time. It would be why long been beloved reading for more than a thousand years.
The height of sensibility of beauty and culture of the noble of the Heian era is marvelous. For example, their expression of the changes of seasons by the overlapped combination of clothes, their taste for Waka-poem as well as for music instruments and so on. The mid-Heian era had no serious war, and this peaceful period allowed the Japanese culture to mature sufficiently. It was in this era when Tale of Genji was written and also Kirikane marked its prosperity. When I am absorbed in working with Kirikane, I often hear breathing of the ancient Kirikane-craftsmen and I wonder I fall into a strange feeling as if connected with that era and the predecessors.
I always feel my home of creation is there.