Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1



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Tale of Genji, Chapter 32

by Utagawa Kunisada II
Date: c 1857
14 x 10 inches 
Woodblock Print
From a series based on the Tale of Genji, a beautifully detailed print with bokashi shading. The Genji mon assigned to different chapters of the Tale relates to the Kodo Incense Game where participants try to guess the combination of fragrances being used. Note in this interesting print with a Genji mon (which actually should be for Chapter 36) there is a central incense burner. Interesting metallic flakes adorn border.

Robyn Buntin of Honolulu Gallery

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