The Tale of Genji (源氏物語 Genji Monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature written by the noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be considered a classic. Notably, the novel also illustrates a unique depiction of the livelihoods of high courtiers during the Heian period. While universally considered a masterpiece, its precise classification and influence in both Western and Eastern canon has been a matter of debate.
- The Brocaded Tapestries of Genji scroll
Master Weaver Itaro Yamaguchi and the Multicolored-Pattern-Weave Tale of Genji Scrolls
Begun in 1970, and completed in 2008, Itaro Yamaguchi's woven Tale of Genji scrolls took their inspiration from the oldest and the greatest example of Tale of Genji painted scrolls - designated National Treasures - housed in the Tokugawa and Goto Art Museums.
- Dimensions of the Scrolls
Scroll No. 1: Width 35 cm, length 8.82 meters.
Scroll No. 2: Width 35 cm, length 7.82 meters.
Scroll No. 3: Width 35 cm, length 8.83 meters.
Scroll No. 4: Width 35 cm, length 11.72 meters.