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Heian Period Japan

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The Exile Way

A Mystery of Ancient Japan
by Ann Woodward

Lady Aoi, lady-in waiting for the principle wife of an imperial prince, puts her own life in danger when she uses her cunning to try and solve the murder of a young girl. Woodward’s book is very faithful to Japan’s Heian period (“Tale of the Genji”) where it takes place. Court dress, amusements, marital arrangements, the practice of aristocratic communication through poetry enliven the story. In her acknowledgements Woodward cites Murasaki Shikibu, Sei Shonagon and others as inspirations, making this a perfect complement for users of our unit Samurai Sisters and our Murasaki biography.

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