What is “Makura-no-Soushi”? One of Japan’s famous classical literature

Japanese Culture / Art

“Makura-no-Soushi” is an essay established in the middle of the Heian period.

The author is Sei Shonagon.

Sei Shonagon seems to have had a rivalry with Murasaki Shikibu.

The charm of “Makura-no-Soushi” is

  1. Objectively grasping things
  2. Fresh wording that makes the scene come to mind

Is said to be.

The word “wokashi” is often used in “Makura-no-Soushi”.

In ancient texts, “wokashi” has various meanings such as “tasteful, humorous, and attractive.”

Let’s taste the text of “Makura-no-Soushi” right away!

From “Beautiful things”

A cute thing, a child’s face drawn on a melon. A sparrow child comes here while dancing. Also doll tools.

From “The sutra instructor”

I hope the monk who gives the sutra lecture is a handsome person. Only when you stare at the handsome face of the monk, you can feel the preciousness of what he is talking about.

From the stage of “Spring is Akebono”

Night is good in summer! It is good that a lot of fireflies are flying not only when the moon is rising but also in the dark night. Also, it is good to fly one by one, shining faintly. It’s good that it rains.

From “elegant”

Elegant and beautiful. Put shaved ice in a bowl and sprinkle with sweet juice. Also, the beads of crystal are elegant. Also, it is beautiful that a very cute little child is eating strawberries.

Just by reading the words of Sei Shonagon, the scene comes to mind and you can feel as if you were there. Really beautiful glittering words are spelled out.

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