The Tale of Genji from Princesses to Pop

Chapter 36

CHAPTER 36 Summary

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. 

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