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Lit. locks of hair/four cornered; "an elaborate three-looped knot, it also designates a young girl's coiffure" -Seidensticker. A pictorial subject taken from "Trefoil Knots" Agemaki, Chapter 47 of GENJI MONOGATARI Œ¹Ž•¨Œê (The Tale of Genji). Main characters in this chapter include Ooigimi ‘åŒN, who from this point forward also is referred to as "Agemaki," the eldest daughter of the late Eighth Prince (Hachi no miya ”ª‹{, see *Hashihime ‹´•P), her younger sister Naka no kimi ’†ŒN, Kaoru ŒO (see *Kashiwagi ”–Ø), and Prince Niou *Niou no Miya “õ‹{. In the story, Ooigimi attempts to redirect Kaoru's ardor for her to Naka no kimi. Kaoru in turn encourages an alliance between Naka no kimi and Prince Niou. Ooigimi's rejection of Kaoru, however, remains unchanged. Around the same time *Yuugiri —[–¶, Genji's son by *Aoi ˆ¨, decides to wed his daughter Roku no kimi ˜ZŒN to Niou. Overcome by sorrow, Ooigimi passes away. Scenes commonly chosen for illustration include: dawn in the ninth month, Niou and Naka no kimi looking over at Uji ‰FŽ¡ Bridge as the fire-wood boats shibabune ŽÄM are rowed out; and, the young women of the princesses' household looking out at Niou on an excursion in a boat roofed with scarlet leaves on the Uji River around the beginning of the tenth month.
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