Imakagami

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Imakagami (今鏡?) (also called Shokuyotsugi (続世継?, lit. "the following generation"), or Shōkagami (小鏡?, lit. "small mirror")) is a Japanese historical tale written in the late Heian period. According to its preface, it was written during the reign of Emperor Takakura, in the 2nd year of the Kaō era (1170).[1] The book is credited to Fujiwara no Tametsune.[2] It is the second of the four mirror series and is some years following Ōkagami. While providing a glimpse into life in the royal court of the Heian period, it has been criticized for "ignoring [the] political reality" of the court.[1]

It is a sequel to Ōkagami[1] and is set in 1025-1170[2] from the reign of Emperor Go-Ichijō, in the 2nd year of Manju and ending with the Emperor Takakura's reign. The tale is supposedly by a fictitious grandson of Ōyake no Yotsugi who was visiting Hasedera of Sakurai, in Nara.

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  1. ^ a b c Brownlee, John S. (1991). "Introduction: Imakagami". Political Thought in Japanese Historical Writing: From Kojiki (712) to Tokushi Yoron (1712). Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. pp. 52–57. ISBN 0-88920-997-9. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Faure, Bernard (February 10, 2003). The Power of Denial: Buddhism, Purity, and Gender. Princeton, New Jersey, USA: Princeton University Press. p. 404. ISBN 0691091714.