Did you know # 5
In the year 1007, a Japanese noblewoman, Murasaki Shikibu, wrote the world’s first novel. Called, ‘The tale of Genji’, it tells the story of a prince looking for love and wisdom. The English translation of this novel covers over 54 chapters and over 1000 pages of text*.
As the last ten chapters of ‘The Tale of Genji’ are set in Uji, there is also 'The Tale of Genji Museum' in Uji, Kyoto, Japan, which was opened in 1998.
|Murasaki Shikibu at her writing desk Source: http://www.taleofgenji.org/|
A short film based on the Ten Uji Chapters and created solely for the museum is presented in the movie room.
There is also a library with a collection of books about The Tale of Genji #
*Reference: Excerpts from Rashtra Deepika Children’s Digest
# Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/