Lady Umetsubo *,
the master of the Autumn House of Rokujoin, writes a poem
“When Nagatsuki ** comes,
Autumn leaves turn red and yellow here and there
The garden in the palace becomes ineffably beautiful and emotional”
She puts colorful flowers and autumn leaves into a shallow box
and sends them to Murasaki no Ue (Lady Murasaki) along with her waka
* Emperor Reizei’s Empress. Rokujo no Miyasudokoro’s daughter.
Also known as Lady Akikonomu (meaning an autumn-phile).
* * The ninth month of the lunar calendar
|Date of production||November 2008|
|Materials||Japanese paper, silk cloth, cotton and acrylic paint|
|Source||Chapter 21, “Otome,” The Tale of Genji|