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A pictorial subject taken from "A Boat upon the Waters" Ukifune, Chapter 51 of GENJI MONOGATARI Œ¹Ž•¨Œê (The Tale of Genji). Ukifune is a daughter of the Eighth Prince Hachinomiya ”ª‹{ (see *Hashihime ‹´•P) and half-sister to Ooigimi ‘åŒN and Naka no kimi ’†ŒN. In this chapter Niou *Niou no Miya “õ‹{ continues his pursuit of Ukifune (see *Azumaya “Œ‰®). One night when Kaoru ŒO is away from *Uji ‰FŽ¡, Niou allows himself to be mistaken for Kaoru and thereby seduces Ukifune. Returning from the capital Kaoru eventually realizes the situation. Ukifune finds herself in love with both men and contemplates suicide as the only solution. Scenes chosen for illustration include: 1 Naka no kimi, Niou's wife, receiving New Year's greeting from Ukifune along with a "whiskered" basket higeko é¢âÄ with an artificial pine branch and red berries attached while Niou is present. (see *Hatsune ‰‰¹) 2 At the end of the First Month at Uji, Niou breaks through a reed fence and spies on Ukifune, her head pillowed on her arm and surrounded by her women who are sewing and spinning thread. 3 The most often depicted scene: in the Second Month after a heavy snowfall when the moon is in the morning sky, Niou takes Ukifune out in a boat on the Uji river to the Islet of Oranges, Tachibana- no-kojima ‹k‚̏¬“‡, accompanied by her maid and a boatman. 4 Niou taking Ukifune, dressed in white, to the house of the governor of Inaba ˆî—t across the river, where they watch the setting sun and write poems. 5 Ukifune weeping as a guardsman delivers a letter from Kaoru. 6 Outside Ukifune's residence in Uji at night, Niou, having been stopped from entering by Kaoru's guards, dismounting from his horse and speaking with Ukifune's servant Ukon ‰E‹ß.
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