The Wonderful Sei Shōnagon

No one had sharper ears than the Minister of the Treasury. He truly could have heard the fall of a mosquito’s eyelash. 

The mountain dove is a very pure-hearted and touching bird—they say it can be comforted by showing it a mirror when it’s longing for its mate. It’s heart-breaking to imagine how they feel when separated for the night by a ravine.

 It’s beautiful the way the water drops hang so thick and dripping on the garden plants after a night of rain in the ninth month, when the morning sun shines fresh and dazzling on them…. I also find it fascinating that things like this can utterly fail to delight others. 
— Sei Shōnagon, The Pillow Book, translated by Meredith McKinney

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