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Lady Murasaki of Japan

Li Fang Wei

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MURASAKI SHIKIBU, (LADY MURASAKI)
The birth date of Lady Murasaki’s is not know precisely, though it was probably about A.D. 978, and we are also unsure of the date of her death, probably about A.D. 1015. We do not know her real name, since in Heian Japan it was considered improper to record the personal names of aristocratic women outside of the imperial family.
Murasaki Shikibu was born into the Fujiwara family. She was a daughter of the governor of a province, who also was a well known scholar. Always very intelligent, as a child she learned more quickly than her brother, causing her father to grieve.... see more detail at Lady Murasaki
 
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