: The Kagero Diary (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies) (): Sonja Arntzen: Books. At the outset of the Kagero Nikki, Michitsuna no Haha states her purpose in writing her journal. I have included the McCullough translation of the opening. The Kagero┬» Diary commands our attention as the first extant work of that rich and brilliant tradition. The author, known to posterity as Michitsuna’s Mother.

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She was alone, and now her child was dead, the child that had been the cause of that unseemly racket. The woman is a kaagero mother and despite her obsession with her wayward husband, Michitsuna’s welfare is always of paramount importance to her. That may also have been due to the translation, of course.

The Gossamer Years: The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan by Michitsuna no Haha

This section contains words approx. Sep 29, SillySuzy rated it really liked it Shelves: The Mother of Michitsuna is credited with creating “a new form of self-expression and psychological exploration that expanded the potential of kana prose writing and influenced subsequent woman’s writing, including The Tale of Genji.

I guess it’s formality and I would guess it’s rooted in the collectivist attitude that maybe comes from Shinot in doary a person is constantly worrying about not angering the gods else they will iagero cursed with misfortune though I’m sure someone out there will argue that with me This is a real diary.

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Finally, some of the reviews on here say that the footnotes there are many make the book tedious. Books by Michitsuna no Haha. She later adopted a daughter of Kaneie’s by another woman. There is kageroo morbid about selfhood in Japan. Mar 04, J. A classic work of early Japanese prose, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic kageto, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty.


Her comments form an insightful and eye-opening view of the marriage rituals of her time. The author embarks on several.

The evolution of the Japanese ego: ‘The Gossamer Years’

Yes, the author is self-centered and whiny and her complaints got old fairly quickly, but the fact that kagerro diary is so very open and personal shows the hardships that underlie even the m This was okay, though not as fascinating and readable for me as Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book. They’re like Shakespearian insults but haiku style which I found hilarious. I just wonder because in one instance, the author sends a poem to her “husband” who is in the room next to her and in another case to the carriage sitting next to hers during a one of her journeys.

Apr 10, CF rated it liked it Shelves: Kaegro portrait of clinical depression and passive aggressive marital tactics in Heian Japan. One thing that needs improving, that is, from Notes p. Fujiwara later takes up with a promiscuous woman named Omi and has a child with another woman with whom he has only a casual affair.

The Gossamer Years: The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan

Instead, the author of this diary concentrates on relating just how unhappy she often was, as a result of living her life waiting for the man she loved to find it in his heart to spend time with her. In the final section of the book, the woman finally finds peace in her heart.

She perpetually feels unloved and alone and spends year after year in deepening depression, quietly bemoaning her fate, being ignored by her husband while dragging herself on. Perhaps, she said to herself, even the story of her own dreary life, set down in a journal, might be of interest; and it might also answer a question: This is an nice book kageor This is basically a diary of the collapse of the authors marriage.

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I myself was quite speechless and thought only that I would like to die on the spot. Many readers will find her unsympathetic, but I don’t think the book should be judged by that. I am sorry I cannot find Plate 8! This is also the reason I read it, because I am writing a paper This book is an autobiography of sorts.


I sought to see the child, and was turned away. The reason for this is because she translates from a female perspective and so the tone is a lot softer. She deserved a better life than she had–she deserved that her name be remembered–but I’m glad that what we have was preserved.

One can hardly say she was wounded in love, for there is no indication that she did love. There are no discussion topics on this jagero yet. Somehow I wish there were some motion pictures that take place in this kagdro so I could physically see what some of the things looked like.

When I verify the Appendix section, I can find only 7 illustrations there. It’s a strange era: It’s often looked at as a more refined time, when aristocrats conducted frequent religious ceremonies, wrote poetry about love, and Japan was at peace.

Late Old Japanese texts. As the author and her husband become ever more estranged from each other and the author gets very lonely, she decides to adopt one of her husband’s daughters by another woman, but even at her very young age she is courted by Tonori the Kamione of her husband’s brothers!

Unter diesen Werken ist dieses sicherlich das feministischste. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying The Kagero Diary: Surprisingly, the woman feels empathy for the first wife and sends her several messages, expressing her belief that Fujiwara is abusing both of them.

The author is not a saint–she writes repeatedly about how happy she is when some misfortune befalls one of her husband’s other lovers–but even accounting for her justified anger and sadness, her husband comes off as a smarmy asshole. Note, Nijo was diarry in a close, but different period of Japan’s history.