Posted on October 26, 2015
Creative Rebels: Murasaki Shikibu
Murasaki is known for writing what is considered to be the world’s first novel, ‘The tale of Genji’, written in the 11th century. Lady Murasaki is a character in that novel. Murasaki was not her actual name as it was considered impolite to use people’s names at that time and this adds to her mystery. The author was a member of the Japanese high court where she was an attendant of Empress Akiko. Murasaki also left a diary of her time in the Japanese court. Her writings are an amazing insight into her time and the birth of the novel genre. I am always fascinated to travel through time by reading and experiencing life through the arts.