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March 19 2008

Seducer who enchants aristocratic women presenting their poems on scented paper and luxurious kimono, Prince Genji is celebrating a thousand years. Despite his age, he still retained its appeal.

The Tale of Prince Genji "- one of the oldest Japanese novels written in the IX century, the maid of honor at the imperial court and acknowledged masterpiece soon after its creation. Hero-lover Prince Genji inspires the creation of films, drawings and even musical groups.

Son of the emperor and his concubine, the boy, nicknamed the "Shining Genji" for its beauty, can not take the throne as illegitimate, but thanks to a clever plan to become one of the most powerful people of the state.

Schoolchildren are still studying the passages of the novel in school, and three English translations have brought international renown writer Murasaki Shikibu (real name unknown).

Japanese men are dreaming to be like Prince, whose appearance, intelligence, good taste and many talents, from music and dancing and finishing with poetry, literature led commentators to call it the "perfect" hero, writes Reuters.

According to the writer Yakuko Setuchi, who devoted 10 years translating the novel into modern Japanese, "when you squeeze all of the cultural heritage of Japan to the size of a book, you get" A Tale of Prince Genji. " The book may appear in different forms, but her genius remains. "

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