In this woodblock print we see the fated moment that Genji’s new wife, the Third Princess, meets Genji’s nephew and intimate companion, Kashiwagi. Chasing her cat, the Princess escapes her screened chambers, where Kashiwagi steals a glance at her beauty and becomes determined to pursue her. Their subsequent affair mirrors Genji’s numerous liaisons, most especially his involvement with his father’s wife, Fujitsubo. Like Fujitsubo, the Princess bears an illegitimate son, who Genji raises as his own. In a short period of time, however, Genji’s world crumbles. His wife and nephew fall ill and die, as does his beloved Murasaki.
12017-05-31T17:44:16+00:00Nathanael Roesche2b52a0fe25f47457902361b2112b14c75ecc6aaKashiwagi II2media/Morris Ch36.jpgplain2017-05-31T17:45:49+00:00Artist unknownOn loan from Swarthmore CollegeScroll painting, facsimile from Ivan Morris, The Tale of Genji Scroll (Palo Alto: Kodansha International, 1971).Nathanael Roesche2b52a0fe25f47457902361b2112b14c75ecc6aa