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“To Shine #17 Transition” Michitaka, drinking water disease = diabetes? I'll die! A mother-in-law battle breaks out between Akiko and Sadako.

Drinking water disease = diabetes?
Both the Heian period and modern times were plagued by lifestyle-related diseases.



This week's duty is N-ko. The highlight of this week's "Hikaru Kimi e 17th Utsuroi" is definitely the death of Kanpaku Michitaka Fujiwara. Michitaka's final moment, played by Arata Iura, was terrifying. It was a frightening and sad depiction of him trying to get the idea of ​​his approaching death out of his mind, but then being swallowed up by it.



Michitaka was drinking a lot of water. Michinaga said that this was a disease caused by drinking water, but this was probably diabetes. The children were clearly depicted wanting large amounts of water, experiencing numbness in their limbs, and feeling brightly exposed to light. During the Heian period, it was believed that drinking water disease was caused by excessive drinking, eating strongly flavored foods, being exposed to cold air, and doing too much housework. Although it cannot be said with certainty, it is believed that lifestyle habits such as drinking and eating are related to diabetes.

Was Michinaga also diabetic? !


I get the impression that many of the scenes in which Michitaka appears are in which he and his beloved wife, Takako, are pouring water and drinking alcohol, looking delicious. He must have been drinking too much. In fact, Michinaga died from an illness caused by drinking water. Did both Michitaka and Michinaga end up drinking out of stress?



The fact that Michinaga was diabetic appears in the diary ``Shoyuki'' written by Sanesuke Fujiwara, played by Ryuji Akiyama. Like Michitaka, Michinaga lost his sight (probably due to cataracts or diabetic retinopathy) and developed a bowl-sized sore on his back, which is thought to have caused his death from sepsis.
As Michinaga was the oldest recorded diabetic patient, he was depicted on a commemorative stamp for the 1994th International Diabetes Conference held in 15, along with a hexagonal insulin crystal.




The reason why both Michitaka and Michinaga became diabetic seems to be due to their eating habits at the time, especially their drinking habits. Alcohol at that time was similar to what we would now call mirin. It was sweet and probably high in calories. If you drink a lot of that, you'll probably develop diabetes.

A battle erupts between wife Sadako and mother-in-law Junko!


This time, when Michitaka fell ill and people around him began to understand that he didn't have much time left, they became eager to take over after Michitaka's death. In particular, a quiet and insidious battle breaks out between the Sadako-sama's camp, which supports Ishu, and the Akiko-sama's camp, which supports Michikane.



Princess Sadako was under pressure from her father, Michitaka, to produce a prince as soon as possible, and she must have thought that it wouldn't be long. If Michitaka takes on the role of previewing before his death, then Kanpaku Get will purchase the precedent of the default route. In any case, Emperor Ichijo's neck is restrained, so do whatever you can! Said wisdom to his older brother Ishu. You look so cute...



Princess Shoko is not an ordinary person either. After all, she is the daughter of that strategist Kaneie. I summoned her two younger brothers for a strategy meeting. As the next Kanpaku, he will support Michikane even though he hates him, and he will embrace the court nobles who hate Ishu!

Novel! He risked the lives of the court ladies.
Political intervention is depicted


But I thought this series of drawings was new. From the knowledge I had acquired through history and Japanese language classes, I believe that Sadako-sama was nothing more than a lovely person who was loved by Emperor Ichijo, and who had such a great reputation that she inspired Sei Shonagon to write ``The Pillow Book.'' However, Teiko-sama in ``To Shinaru Kimi'' is different. She fights with her mother-in-law, Junko. For herself and as a member of the family connected to Michitaka.



After this, we know the tragic end that this lovely Teiko-sama will meet. However, he did not just watch as his father Michitaka died and his older brother Ishu failed to transfer power. It's new to portray that things didn't just descend into tragedy. She fought in her own way. I thought it was very good that it depicts women living in the royal court risking their lives to intervene in politics behind the scenes.

Mahiro and Michinaga, two people aiming for a better world.



Michinaga asked his wife Rinko to lend him some money and set out to expand Hiden-in. I'm really glad that Rinko's family is big. It's always great to have a big family. That alone will give you more freedom in life. But the night she went to Hiden-in, when asked where she stayed, she answered, "The Imperial Palace." She's definitely been exposed as a liar.



Mahiro is reading ``Zhuangzi'' at home. Is there any influence of Zhuangzi on "The Tale of Genji"? I looked it up and found it! Many such papers have appeared. It seems that this influence is noticeable on Yugao-maki. Mahiro learned the basics of Chinese studies from his father, the subtleties of the hearts of men and women from ``Dragonfly Diary'' and many Japanese poems, and from his own harsh life. However, all of these things are still not connected within Mahiro. When all the dots are connected within Mahiro, that's probably when her struggle begins.

Mahiro knows the joy of writing and being read.


This week, I was reconciling with Sawa-san, who had been out of touch. I heard that Sawa-san was trying to catch up with Mahiro by copying the text he had sent to Sawa-san, and Mahiro-san was not at all lazy.



Copying a letter? I don't really understand it, but it's okay. Was it a really nice letter? But through this experience, Mahiro learned the joy of writing and of being read. Certainly, this is something special. Both me and the masochist man understand this painfully.



Will this experience make Mahiro more aware of his writing and of being read? Mahiro's knowledge and life experiences are not yet connected like the stars scattered in the night sky, but when the stars are connected by lines, will Mahiro's struggle begin? Where is the intersection with Michinaga? I'm excited about the path that leads to "The Tale of Genji"!

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