Yoshitaka Amano, The Tale of Genji

January 15, 2009

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Most well known as the character designer for the early Final Fantasy video games, Yoshitaka Amano created a body of paintings that brought to life The Tale of Genji for a new generation.

The Tale of Genji was written by Murasaki Shikibu shortly after 1000 AD and is considered by most scholars to be the first novel ever written.  The Tale of Genji is the epic story of the breathtakingly handsome prince Hiraku Genji, his many adventures, romantic conquests, and the women in his life.

The translated snippets of text from The Tale of Genji appear alongside the paintings in the published book by Amano, from which I scanned these images (click on the images for larger versions):

Oborozukiyo

Be it your will that I Live out my days feeling sorry for myself?  Though night may end and turn to dawn, never will there be an end to my thoughts of you.

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Rokujyo-no-Miyasudokoro

To bid farewell at dawn will surely elicit a tear, though never have I seen such a lonely autumn sky as this morning I witnessed.

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Genji and Women

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check out the book for many more fabulous paintings by Amano.

–Young Joon

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