(The Tale of Genji)
first important novel in world literature. It was written by Murasaki
Shibuki, a female writer who lived at the Heian Court during the
11th century. The novel describes in 54 chapters the life and love
affairs of Prince Genji - basically an aristocratic womanizer.
further reference: http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/what/index.htm
(The Tale of the Heike)
|legends of the
conflict that took place between the Heike and Genji clans that ended
in the defeat of the Heike at the end of the Heian period.
They became the main subject upon which the music of the blind biwa
players was based
further reference: http://www.artelino.com/articles/heike-monogatari.asp
gossamer dancing cloak with broad, open sleeves, loosely draping front
and back panels, no overlap panels, but decorative cords on the sleeves
and chest. The open, double width sleeves are longer than they are
wide. They are attached to the front and back panels only at the
shoulder (about 15 cm) and otherwise fall free. The collar is sewn
directly to the three-quarter length front panels, with no overlap
panel. Long round cords are attached next to the collar about 10 cm
below the shoulder with a butterfly bow, and small cords form tassels [tsuyu]
at the bottom outer corner of the two sleeves.
||a style of
wearing a kimono wrapped
around the hips with an under kimono showing at the top.
Japanese clothing made out
mask (lit. "face")
|Within established limits, there are specific masks used for each type of character. [zo-onna] is the mask used in the noh play 'Hagoromo'|
female mask type
|It is believed
that the mask was named by its creator Zo-ami.
The mask reflects calmness, divine purity and peaceful images of deities of ancient Japan.
|is worn by a heavenly maiden or goddess. It consists of a [rinkan](coronet) surmounted with a crest of some kind and hung with ornaments. The rinkan without the ornaments is worn by a demon.|
|noh theatre||"Hagoromo" - noh play text|