The Pillow Book is a Japanese literary masterpiece, this time illustrated with plates by Hokusai in homage to Japan
Written in the early 11th century by Sei Shõnagon, a court lady of Empress Sadako, The Pillow Book reflects the Heian refinement and culture at the height of its splendour. In what is a sort of personal diary, the lady records her impressions and thoughts on court life, its rituals and customs as too on the nature and culture of Japan, showing extraordinary sensitivity and attention to detail. The text takes the form of themed comments that invite readers to immerse themselves in the very Japanese way of feeling nature and the world by listening to all the many details that govern everyday life in order to grasp their gracefulness and beauty.
This edition presents a selection of Sei Shõnagon’s writings, accompanied by splendid plates by Master Hokusai, in a sophisticated symphony of words and images. The slipcase contains a book printed on fine paper with traditional Japanese visible stitched binding; plus a booklet containing a critical essay presenting the poetic work, with explanatory notes and captions for each plate by Hokusai.