The Mother of Michitsuna

This woman was the author of the Kagerō Nikki 蜻蛉日記 ‘The Dragonfly Diary’, one of the four major court diaries of the period. Little is known about her, apart from what the diary describes: she was married to Fujiwara no Kane’ie in 954 and later gave birth to Michitsuna. Kane’ie was later to take up with another woman, and the diary is brutally honest in its depiction of the author’s anger and jealousy.

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