This picture represents a scene from Chapter Three of "The Tale of Gengi", in which Prince Genji spies upon Utsusemi and her sister playing Go. In this chapter, Prince Genji's view of Utsusemi (the object of his desires) has been obstructed thus far. Prince Genji secretly enters Utsusemi's villa, and later, from a hiding place, he makes his way through the villa. Then, through a small opening in a screen door, he is finally able to get a clear and unobstructed view of Utsusemi and her sister playing Go, but he is not sure which of the two is Utsusemi.

To view several versions of "Utsusemi" from the "Tale of Genji", click on any of the links below.

Utsusemi - Chapter Three (1)

Utsusemi - Chapter Three (3)

The Imitation Murasaki and the Rustic Genji

The IGS Art Gallery (Chrysanthemum)

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