Author’s notes: The version of the Tale of Genji we have today consists of 54 chapters. 1 to 41 revolve around the romantic and political adventures of Hikaru Genji, the “Shining Prince”, plus a mysteriously blank chapter that only has a title. Chapters 42 onwards focus on one of Genji’s heirs: Kaoru no Chujo, “The Fragrant Captain”, supposedly Genji’s youngest son, who has a rather different personality. Chapters 45 to 54, known as the Uji chapters, are considered a self-contained story and have a very different structure and mood from the rest of the work. Not surprisingly, some scholars believe the Uji Chapters were actually written by someone else, Murasaki Shikibu’s daughter Daini no Sanmi being a top candidate.
♥ Maiji (January 11, 2021)