Episode 17: The Pillow Book

The Tale Of Genji is regarded by many as the world’s first novel.  As such, it’s kind of a big deal in Japan and elsewhere.  It is the quintessential work of the Imperial Heian Court.  I submit that it is another Heian work, one by Sei Shōnagon, which is more profound.  That work is The Pillow Book and I invite each of you to lay your head upon it, allowing my voice to soak into your ear hole all the while.

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