The Tosa Diary

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Tuttle Publishing, Oct 15, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 128 pages
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Narrated in the first person by a female persona, it provides modern readers not only with a fascinating look at Japanese life and travel in the tenth century but also an insight into the author's humanity and stylistic excellence. Though the author's other writings were known for their ornateness, this diary is written with an artless simplicity and quiet humor which is as welcome as it is unexpected from a nobleman of the period. His sufferings from seasickness, his grief for the loss of a minor, his pride when his little daughter composes a verse in reply to that of a visitor whom he evidently dislike, his own verses that he cannot resist quoting, and his way of deprecating the verses of others, as well as many other details, supply a very human touch.

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Ki No Tsurayuki, a nobleman and writer of prose and poetry, died in AD 946.

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