History Literature / ThePillowBook

27th Aug '15 2:51:45 PM roxana
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* LadyInWaiting: If we can believe Sei's own account she was a favorite attendant of Teishi's.
29th Mar '15 7:52:49 AM poitboing
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* NotStayingForBreakfast: Sei writes disparagingly of lovers who don't have the good sense to sneak out before daybreak. In her case, staying fore breakfast isn't even an option since one of her Hateful Things is feeding a man who comes on a romantic visit. Even if he had stayed all night, she says, she "won't feed him so much as a bowl of warmed-over rice".

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* NotStayingForBreakfast: Sei writes disparagingly of lovers who don't have the good sense to sneak out before daybreak. In her case, staying fore for breakfast isn't even an option since one of her Hateful Things is feeding a man who comes on a romantic visit. Even if he had stayed all night, she says, she "won't feed him so much as a bowl of warmed-over rice".
29th Mar '15 7:46:09 AM poitboing
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* NotStayingForBreakfast: Sei writes disparagingly of lovers who don't have the good sense to sneak out before daybreak.

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* NotStayingForBreakfast: Sei writes disparagingly of lovers who don't have the good sense to sneak out before daybreak. In her case, staying fore breakfast isn't even an option since one of her Hateful Things is feeding a man who comes on a romantic visit. Even if he had stayed all night, she says, she "won't feed him so much as a bowl of warmed-over rice".
21st Oct '14 6:26:39 PM TastySauce
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* HotterAndSexier: Modern translations of the book are often advertised as incredibly steamy, as if sex is the only thing Sei ever talks about.



* FakeNationality: Nagiko is played by Vivian Wu, a Chinese actress born in Shanghai. Appropriately, in the film, Nagiko's mother is also from Shanghai.
21st Oct '14 6:22:25 PM TastySauce
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* UnlimitedWardrobe: Sei makes a point of mentioning her keen sense of fashion, by describing both her own dress (which never seems to be twice the same) and that of other courtiers. Wear yesterday's fashion in her presence and she'll never speak to you again.
** Oh, she will. It's just that she'll also list you as one of the "Things that should not be looked at".

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* UnlimitedWardrobe: Sei makes a point of mentioning her keen sense of fashion, by describing both her own dress (which never seems to be twice the same) and that of other courtiers. Wear yesterday's fashion in her presence and she'll never speak to put you again.
** Oh, she will. It's just that she'll also
straight on the list you as one of the "Things that should not be looked at".
21st Oct '14 6:17:38 PM TastySauce
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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Basically the Pillow Book is an account of everyday life in such a setting though Sei tends to skim over the tensions and pretty much ignores the fact that her Empress and her faction are under attack from a competing branch of the Fujiwara family.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Sei describes in detail the proper forms for a lover's visit and writes of 'gentlemen' roaming the passages of the ladies' quarters which is fine by her. She just doesn't think they should be doing it when on duty.
* {{Fangirl}}: Sei just dotes on the Imperial family, especially the Empress she serves.

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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Basically the Pillow Book is Despite being an account of everyday life in such a setting though setting, Sei tends to skim over the political tensions and pretty much ignores the fact that her the Empress and her faction are under attack from a competing branch of the Fujiwara family.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Sei describes in detail the proper forms decorum for a lover's visit and writes of 'gentlemen' gentlemen roaming the passages of the ladies' quarters quarters, which is fine by her. She just doesn't think they should be doing it when on duty.
* {{Fangirl}}: Sei just dotes on the Imperial family, especially the her beloved Empress she serves.Teishi.



* HumanNotepad: Fetishised.
* JapanesePoliteness: Etiquette at the Heian court was so refined, it would make 18th-century Versailles look sloppy. If you wanted to ask a woman out, you'd better do it in the form of an exquisitely calligraphed poem.
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Sei Shonagon writes disparagingly of lovers who don't have the good sense to sneak out before daybreak.
* ReallyGetsAround: Sei makes no bones about her eye for the gentlemen.

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* HumanNotepad: Fetishised.
* JapanesePoliteness: Etiquette at the Heian court was so refined, it would make 18th-century Versailles look sloppy. If you wanted to ask a woman out, you'd better do it in the form of an several exquisitely calligraphed poem.
written poems.
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Sei Shonagon writes disparagingly of lovers who don't have the good sense to sneak out before daybreak.
* ReallyGetsAround: Most members of the court had affairs, and Sei makes no bones about her eye for the gentlemen.



* UnlimitedWardrobe: Sei Shonagon makes a point of mentioning her keen sense of fashion, by describing both her own dress (which never seems to be twice the same) and that of other courtiers. Wear yesterday's fashion in her presence and she'll never speak to you again.

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* UnlimitedWardrobe: Sei Shonagon makes a point of mentioning her keen sense of fashion, by describing both her own dress (which never seems to be twice the same) and that of other courtiers. Wear yesterday's fashion in her presence and she'll never speak to you again.



* FakeNationality: Nagiko is played by Vivian Wu (邬君梅 Wū Jūnméi) a Chinese actress born in Shanghai. Appropriately, in the film, Nagiko's mother is also from Shanghai.

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* FakeNationality: Nagiko is played by Vivian Wu (邬君梅 Wū Jūnméi) Wu, a Chinese actress born in Shanghai. Appropriately, in the film, Nagiko's mother is also from Shanghai.


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* HumanNotepad: Fetishised.
21st Oct '14 6:12:45 PM TastySauce
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-->''When I come into the room to serve Her Majesty and see the other women have already crowded around her, I sit next to a column apart from them. Her Majesty sees me and calls. I love it when the others make way for me when I go to sit next to her.''
--> --Sei Shonagon

''The Pillow Book'' is one of the masterpieces of Japanese literature. Written during the Heian period by Creator/SeiShonagon, lady-in-waiting of Empress Sadako, it is an impressionistic compendium of hundreds of things classified by categories ("Rare things", "Things that make the heart beat faster", "Things that bring up fond memories of the past", etc.) as well as everyday scenes at the Japanese imperial court at the turn of the 11th century.

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-->''When ->''When I come into the room to serve Her Majesty and see the other women have already crowded around her, I sit next to a column apart from them. Her Majesty sees me and calls. I love it when the others make way for me when I go to sit next to her.''
--> --Sei Shonagon

-->-- '''Sei Shonagon'''

''The Pillow Book'' is one of the masterpieces of Japanese literature. Written during the Heian period by Creator/SeiShonagon, lady-in-waiting of Empress Sadako, Teishi, it is an impressionistic compendium of hundreds of things classified by categories ("Rare things", "Things that make the heart beat faster", "Things that bring up fond memories of the past", etc.) as well as everyday scenes at the Japanese imperial court at the turn of the 11th century.



* AlphaBitch: Sei is this trope for Empress Sadako's court, as the page quote clearly indicates.

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* AlphaBitch: Sei is this trope for Empress Sadako's the Empress's court, as the page quote clearly indicates.
16th Sep '12 8:14:18 AM GGGG
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* HumanNotepad: Fetishised.
15th Aug '12 12:08:27 PM roxana
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* {{Tsundere}}: Apparently normal romantic behavior at the Heian Court.
15th Aug '12 11:51:04 AM roxana
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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Sei describes in detail the proper forms for a lover's visit and writes of 'gentlemen' roaming the passages of the ladies' quarters which is fine by her. She just doesn't think they should be doing it when on duty.
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