Lady Sarashina (Takasue's daughter, Sugawara no Takasue no musume)

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Author

Lady Sarashina (Takasue's daughter, Sugawara no Takasue no musume)

Location

Heian-kyo (modern day Kyoto), Kazusa (modern day Chiba)

Dates

1008-1059

Biography

Takasue no Musume, or Lady Sarashina, was born in Heian-kyo, the daughter of Fujiwara no Takasue. Her father was a mid-level aristocrat and the provincial governor of Kazusa province (modern day Chiba.) Lady Sarashina moved with her family to Kazusa from the ages of ten to thirteen before finally moving back to the capital. She famously recounts this journey back to the capital in her diary, the Sarashina Nikki. [Source: Arntzen, Sonja and Ito Moriyuki, tr. The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-century Japan. New York: Columbia UP, 2014.]

Works

Sarashina Nikki (The Sarashina Diary)

Languages

Japanese

Genres

Diary/Memoir/Travel Writing

Editions and Translations

Morris, Ivan, tr. As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams: Recollections of a Woman in 11th Century Japan. London: Penguin Books, 1975. ; Arntzen, Sonja and Ito Moriyuki, tr. The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-century Japan. New York: Columbia UP, 2014.

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