Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Thought for the day


There are skilled dyers and weavers in Masahiro's household, and when it comes to dress, whether it be the colour of his under-robe or the style of his cloak, he is more elegant than most men; yet the only effect of his elegance is to make people say, 'What shame someone else isn't wearing those things.' Sei Shonagon c. 966 -c. 1013

4 comments:

Ingrid said...

I adore Sei Shonagon - in a time in which Japan has mostly left us high-minded romances, she is deliciously catty and strangely easy to relate to.

Deja Pseu said...

Hah!

Toby Wollin said...

Aw, gee, Harvey...who let you out of the house looking like that???

Anastasia said...

I have always admired Sei Shonagon, as Ingrid says she is so heart-warmingly cynical in a time where people discussed the romance of Prince Genji and his multi-colored sleeves.
And she is so delightfully untypical for a Japanese women.

But back to the picture: There is a man in this picture? Didn't really notice...