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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 7

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(Tale of Genji Statue and Uji Bridge.)

Refer to Uji in relation to "The Tale of Genji".
In the 4th century the son of Emperor Ōjin established a palace in Uji.
Three Battles of Uji-gawa took place here in 1180, 1184, and 1221.
Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358–1408) promoted cultivation of green tea in the Uji area. Since that time Uji has been an important production and distribution center of superior quality green tea. Tsuen tea has been served since 1160 and is still sold in what is the oldest tea shop in Japan, and possibly the world--the Tsuen tea shop.
The final chapters of the Tale of Genji are set in Uji, attracting visiting literature buffs from all over the world.

(View upriver from the Uji Bridge in April. The most well-known image from The Genji is of
Ukifune and Niou crossing this river on a winter's night.)

Uji has a number of sites associated with The Tale of Genji. One of them is the lovely Mimuroto-ji temple.

(Upstream of Uji River)

As recounted in The Tale of the Heike, in the year 1181 Prince Mochihito was persuaded to act as the figurehead for a rebellion against the Taira clan. At the battle of Uji Bridge, the small Genji force was defeated and the prince killed.

(The current Uji Bridge is made of concrete and wood but based on original designs.)

The Genji commanders, Yorimasa and Nakatsuna, committed suicide in the Byodo-in fishing pavillion.

(Byodo-in, the only surviving example of Heian temple architecture, was originally Fujiwara
Michinaga's villa. It was converted into a temple by his son in 1052.)
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(The belfry at Mimuroto-ji temple is associated with Ukifune in The Tale of Genji.)

(View upriver from the Uji Bridge in autumn.)

By TS on Aug 17, 2011
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