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Genji-mon (源氏紋) or Genji-Kô (源氏香)

 

Genji crests (genji-mon) or Genji incense (genji-kô) were emblems associated with the 54 chapters of the Genji monogatari ("The Tale of Genji"), written by Murasaki Shikibu in the first quarter of the eleventh century. Murasaki was the daughter of a provincial governor of the Fujiwara family who belonged to the second rank of the court aristocracy. Many ukiyo-e prints and series were inspired by her famous romance novel about Prince Genji and Heian court life in the 10th-11th centuries (some scholars consider it the finest prose work ever written in Japan, and certainly the preeminent example from the premodern era). For more about the origin and significance of these crests within the context of ukiyo-e, see What are Genji-mon? and Kuniyoshi's "Cloudy Genji". ©2000 by John Fiorillo



1
Kiritsubo
(Paulownia Court)

2
Hahakigi
(Broom Tree)

3
Utsusemi
(Shell of
Locust)

4
Yûgao
(Evening
Faces) 

5
Wakamurasaki
(Lavender)
 
6
Suetsumuhana
(Safflower)

7
Momiji no ga
(Autumn Outing) 

8
Hana no en
(Festival of Cherry
Blossoms)

9
Aoi
(Heartvine)

10
Sakaki
(Sacred Tree) 

11
Hana chiru sato
(Orange Blossoms) 

12
Suma
(Suma) 

13
Akashi
(Akashi)

14
Miotsukushi
(Channel
Buoys)

15
Yomogyû
(Wormwood Patch)

16
Sekiya
(The Gatehouse)

17

E-awase
(Picture Contest) 

18

Matsukaze
(Wind in
the Pines) 

19
Usugumo
(Wisps
of Cloud)

20
Asagao
(Morning
Glory)

21
Otome
(The
Maiden)

22
Tamakazura
(Jewel
Garland)
 
23
Hatsune
(First
Warbler)

24
Kochô
(Butterflies) 

25
Hotaru
(Fireflies)

26
Tokonatsu
(Wild Carnations) 

27
Kagaribi
(Flares)

28
Nowaki
(Typhoon)

29
Miyuki
(Royal
Outing) 

30
Fujibakama
(Purple
Trousers) 

31
Maki-bashira
(Cypress
Pillar) 

32
Umegae
(Plum
Branch) 

33
Fuji no uraba
(Wisteria
Leaves)

34
Wakana no jô
(New Herbs:
Part One)

35
Wakana no ge
(New Herbs:
Part Two)

36
Kashiwagi
(Oak Tree) 
 
37
Yokobue
(The Flute)
 
38
Suzumushi
(Bell Cricket)

39
Yûgiri
(Evening
Mist) 

40
Minori
(The Rites)

41
Maboroshi
(The Wizard)

42
Niônomiya
(His Perfumed Highness)

43
Kôbai
(The Rose
Plum)

44
Takegawa
(Bamboo
River)
 
45
Hashihime
(Lady at the Bridge)

46
Shii-ga-moto
(Beneath the Oak)
 
47
Agemaki
(Tasseled
Knots)

48
Sawarabi
(Early Ferns)

49
Yadorigi
(The Ivy)

50
Azumaya
(Eastern
Cottage)

 51
Ukifune
(Boat on
the Water)

52
Kagerô
(Drake Fly)

53
Tenarai
(Writing
Practice)

54
Yume-no-Ukihashi
(Floating Bridge
of Dreams)


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