SYMHC Classics: Sei Shonagon and the Heian Court

A part of one section of the 1921 illustrated handscroll of The Pillow Book, ink on paper, 13th century. Public domain

Today we're going back to a classic episode about Japanese history. Thanks to the pillow book of lady-in-waiting Sei Shonagon, we have a first-person account of court life in Heian Japan. It's part diary, part commonplace book, part essay collection, and thoroughly fascinating.

If you'd like to visit the original episode, you can find it here:

And the show notes from when the episode originally published are here:

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