Pillow Book

Pillow Book

▪ work by Sei Shōnagon
Japanese  Makura No Sōshi 

      (c. 1000), title of a book of reminiscences and impressions by the 11th-century Japanese court lady Sei Shōnagon (q.v.). Whether the title was generic and whether Sei Shōnagon herself used it is not known, but other diaries of the Heian period (794–1185) indicate that such journals may have been kept by both men and women in their sleeping quarters, hence the name. The entries in Makura no sōshi, although some are dated, are not in chronological order but rather are divided under such headings as “Amusing Things” and “Vexatious Things.” A complete English translation of Makura no sōshi by Ivan Morris appeared in 1967 (The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon). The Pillow Book belongs to the genre of zuihitsu (“random jottings”). Tsurezuregusa, by Yoshida Kenkō (q.v.), is an outstanding 14th-century example of this genre.

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