We are reading The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon this week, which is one of my all-time favorite works. It’s a collection of lists and observations written by a court lady in 11th Century Japan, and it is awesome. The lists of things are brilliant. Her list of “Elegant Things,” for example, includes:
A white coat worn over a violet waistcoat.
Shaved Ice mixed with liana syrup and put in a new silver bowl.
A rosary of rock crystal.
Snow on wistaria or plum blossoms.
A pretty child eating strawberries.
I am going to do a series of Pillow-Book-inspired lists over the next little while, which should be ever so much fun. Feel free to add your own items!