Genji

In his judgement Shunzei is referring to the famous incident in The Tale of Genji where the hero, while waiting for the gate of his wet-nurse’s house to be opened, looks out from his carriage and sees some flowers blooming on the fence of the house next door. He smiles and says, ‘Distant strangers,’ to himself. One of his bodyguards, overhearing then identifies the flowers for him.

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