Nijo 2 - The Confessions of Lady Nijo The Confessions of...

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The Confessions of Lady Nijo T he Confessions of Lady Nijo is an autobiographical account of a twelfth century Japanese court woman. The book is without much structure and instead is more of a collection of journal entries written by Lady Nijo herself in her later years. Her story begins in her teen years when she is taken as a lover of the Emperor GoFukakusa. From there she tells of her life in the emperor’s court, her expulsion, and her final years as a traveling Buddhist nun. Though this account was written over seven hundred years ago it paints the picture of a woman who could have existed at any point in time, even today. The book begins with Nijo as a girl of about fifteen years old. Her parents were of high rank in the emperor’s court and were seen as influential among his staff. Early in the story Nijo describes how she was given off to Emperor GoFukakusa as his lover. She describes being scared of the situation at first and crying in the emperor’s bed that night. She quickly grows accustomed to the emperor and begins to enjoy the lifestyle that goes
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HISTOTY 680-122 taught by Professor Hesselink during the Spring '08 term at UNI.

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Nijo 2 - The Confessions of Lady Nijo The Confessions of...

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