The popularization of Utsuho Monogatari

Miss Xiaojing Zhao1

1Beijing Foreign Studies University Beijing Center for Japanese Studies, Beijing, China

Born earlier than Genji Monogatari 源氏物語 (‘The Tale of Genji’), Utsuho Monogatari 宇津保物語 (‘The Tale of the Hollow Tree’) possesses an important position in monogatari of the Heian period. In the later period, emaki 絵巻(Picture scroll)and naraehon 奈良絵本(Picture books of Nara)appeared and contributed significantly to the popularization of Utsuho Monogatari. This research focuses on part of the illustrations from emaki and naraehon about the book of Toshikage 俊蔭. By comparing the illustration with others from different versions, or with the text that the illustration demonstrates, this research aims to work out the characteristics of each version, the original creations of the illustration, and the conflicting part between illustrations and the text.


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