Book/Printed Material The Tales of Ise.
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- The Tales of Ise.
- Ise monogatari (The tales of Ise) is a collection of some 125 brief episodes, combining elements of prose and poetry, that dates from the early Heian period (9th-10th centuries). The protagonist is believed to be modeled on Ariwarano Narihira (825-80), a handsome aristocrat who had many romantic affairs. The main character's romances, friendships, heartbroken wandering life, and various other stories are narrated in a style that owes much to waka (literally, Japanese poems). The work had a great influence on later Japanese literature, including Genji monogatari (The tale of Genji). Shown here is the earliest printed edition of Ise monogatari. It is a beautiful book with flowing characters on paper of different colors, decorated with brushed-on shell pigment. It was produced with the old movable type and illustrated with engraved wood-block prints. The publishing of this book involved the artist Hon'ami Kōetsu (1558-1637) and Suminokura Soan (1571-1617), a chirographer and wealthy trading merchant of the Kyoto-Saga area.
- Hon'ami, Kōetsu, 1558-1637 Associated Name.
- Suminokura, Soan, 1571-1617 Associated Name.
Created / Published
- [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1608.
- - Japan
- - 800 to 999
- - Block printing
- - Japanese literature
- - Japanese poetry
- - Manners and customs
- - Poetry
- - The Tales of Ise
- - Waka (Japanese poetry)
- - Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
- - Original resource extent: 2 books ; 27.1 x 19.4 centimeters.
- - Original resource at: National Diet Library.
- - Content in Japanese.
- - Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
- 1 online resource.
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Hon'Ami, Kōetsu, Associated Name, and Soan Suminokura. The Tales of Ise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1608] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666414/.
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Hon'Ami, K. & Suminokura, S. (1608) The Tales of Ise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666414/.
MLA citation style:
Hon'Ami, Kōetsu, Associated Name, and Soan Suminokura. The Tales of Ise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1608] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021666414/>.