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“To Shining-kun #21 Departure” Is it the Pillow Book that will be delivered to Sadako-sama’s bedside? Sei Shonagon: Aesthetics and Requiem for the Loser!

Is Kikyo delivering “Makura no Soshi” to Sadako-sama’s bedside?

This week's duty is N-ko. That's all for the 21st "Departure"! A new theory about the creation of "Millow Book" has been revealed in a taiga drama!


Last week, it was decided that she would be exiled to Ishu and Takaie, and Princess Sadako moved to the Nijo residence, where she unexpectedly let her hair fall and suddenly became a priest. After that, this week. Kikyo is wondering what she should do to console Princess Teiko, who has fallen into the depths of misfortune, but Mahiro suggests that she write about the beauty of the four seasons, and what she begins to write is ``Millow Book''... ...I had already imagined it.


``Spring is the dawn of dawn. The mountains are getting darker and brighter, and the purple clouds are waving in thin lines.'' At your bedside! Isn't it delivered to you quietly? I see, that's how it came! That's why it's called "Millow Book"! and.

In reality, there are various theories as to why this essay was named ``Makura no Soshi,'' and the truth is unknown.



But the way you drew it this time is very convincing, isn't it? Sei Shonagon, a woman with an excellent eye for observation and writing skills, captures the beauty of the changing seasons and the happy times that have passed in her writings. Princess Teiko can take it out at any time and immerse herself in her memories.



It also depicts Princess Teiko, who was lying down, slowly reading through ``The Pillow Book.'' Every single verse of Sei Shonagon must have comforted you. N-ko was impressed with this new interpretation of ``Millow Book,'' as it is a beautiful requiem for the losers and for the things that are lost, filled with Kikyo-san's love, delivered to Sadako-sama's bedside. !

When I thought that ``The Pillow Book'' was a requiem for things that are being lost, Junichiro Tanizaki's novel ``Sayuki'' flashed through my mind. I believe that this was one of the motivations for writing ``Saiyuki'' as well.



Tanizaki loved the life of his third wife, Matsuko, and her sisters. It is sometimes depicted elegantly, sometimes with a wicked perspective. The intention was definitely to preserve everything, with the feeling that World War II would soon wipe out this beautiful way of life for upper-class women. Because even something as trivial as this? It depicts various aspects of life and customs that make you think. Tanizaki has never written a long story like this before or since.



Every time I read it, I think that the way of life that was lost at that time is trapped in the ``thin snow''. So, I was convinced that ``The Pillow Book'' was written with that intention in mind.

So, how did you start writing ``The Tale of Genji,'' and how did you write ``To You Shining''? I think it also contains the feelings of requiem, similar to ``Makura no Soshi.'' At the moment, watching ``To Shining Kimi'' is like watching Episode 0 of ``The Tale of Genji'' every week, but I'm sure Mahiro will meet a cruel end like Naohide, or like Ishu. I believe that the author's intention is to create a collection of people who have left due to their own arrogance, people who have been tossed around by fate, as a work of fiction.



It is an important form of memorial service to remember and not leave it to be forgotten.

Ishu's wonderful useless man look
How Teiko-sama sits


However, this week, Ishu was still unprepared, or rather, he was showing a disgrace. It is also written in ``Eika Monogatari'' that Ishu was young at heart. That is correct! Although it was decided that he would be exiled to Dazaifu, he continues to run around in a sluggish manner. He lied about having become a monk, and when he was heading to Dazaifu with his mother, he was separated and was told to go by horse instead of an oxcart, which caused him to grieve.There was nothing manly about him at all.



In that respect, Sadako-sama's outlook, or rather her resignation, were in stark contrast. I've already let my hair down, and I'm wearing a robe, a monk's style. Even when the prosecutors, Sanesuke and others, enter the Nijo residence and capture Ishu, his expression does not change at all. I'm sure he was completely astonished at his brother's incompetence. Now that it's like this, there's no point in running away. I really feel sorry for Teiko-sama.

Rinko speaks bluntly
Both Michinaga and Princess Akiko are stars!


By the way, about the last episode about the cursing of Princess Eiko. Last week, Masochist said that Rinko was the mastermind. I thought it was a self-made performance by Princess Shoko. And sure enough, this week, Princess Rinko told Princess Rinko and Michinaga that her father-in-law was also good at pretending to be sick. Princess Rinko did this to get Ishu and the others into trouble! I was also surprised by the strength of Rinko-sama, who seemed to be reading the atmosphere but not reading it. But Princess Rinko hasn't lost either, so which one would you choose?

The time we can't meet makes love grow!
Things that have changed and things that have stayed the same over the past 10 years



When Mahiro was about to go to Echizen, he wrote a letter to Michinaga, and there was a date scene at the abandoned Rokujo mansion. Did it take 10 years for them to talk about their true feelings... and is it possible for them to maintain their love for each other for 10 years...? But both of them were very honest about their feelings. Mahiro declared that he was truly reborn in Echizen. After that, we were in love.



Screenwriter Shizuka Oishi said in an interview that the theme of the Echizen episode, which will begin in earnest next week, is "two people who can never be separated." Even if they are far from the capital, it is said to be a ``symbolic moment that represents the relationship between two people who can never be separated.'' If it turns out to be like Hiromi Go's song, ``The time we can't see each other is what makes love grow,'' I'm looking forward to next week!

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