As luck would have it once again, I have just discovered that the Japanese are at this very moment celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of The Tale of Genji. I am not making this up and I had no idea. Sincerely! I suppose it is a case of if you live a virtuous life everything just falls effortlessly into place.
I will not attempt to tell you about the celebrations going on in Japan, I will simply let you read Danielle Demetriou’s fascinating feature, Ga-ga for Genji, over at The National Newspaper.
Now I am even more intrigued to get my hands on a copy of this classic work of Japanese literary art.
Illustration from Wikimedia : Genji Monogatari, Musée Saint-Remi