The Pillow-book of Sei Shōnagon
996 A.D., with later revisions. The translation of the diaries of a court lady in tenth-century Japan, it is a collection of anecdotes, memories of court and religious ceremonies, character sketches, lists of things the author enjoyed or loathed, places that interested her, diary entries, descriptions of nature, pilgrimages, conversations, poetry exchanges--indeed, almost everything that made up daily life for the upper classes in Japan during the Heian period.
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Review: The Pillow Book of Sei ShonagonUser Review - Nancy Agafitei - Goodreads
Not a page-turner, but an interesting look back at life 1,000 years ago. Many of the issues, concerns, and people mentioned in the diary resonate with contemporary life. Read full review
Review: The Pillow Book of Sei ShonagonUser Review - Jeanette - Goodreads
You are in the Japanese court with Sei Shonagon approximately 1000 years ago. Lyrical, sometimes deep, sometimes whimsical, always witty repartee. It evokes the poetic far more than I can appreciate ... Read full review