This is titled the Fourth Month. Notice the sasarindo motif on the robe of Mitsuuji who is leaning down read a letter. Since this mon was said to be the personal crest of the Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147-99) it could not be a crest used at the time of the writing of the Tale of Genji. Is the same character used for the name Genji.
The Edo period (named for the town that is now modern Tokyo) was ushered in by the consolidation of the Tokugawa shogun's power, which introduced a prolonged period of peace. With the patronage and support of a new class of well-to-do town dwellers (called chonin in Japanese), commerce, the arts, crafts, kabuki theater, and entertainment offered by the teahouses and courtesans of the licensed pleasure quarters flourished, contributing to the development of a distinctive new urban culture. In both archaic and contemporary forms, the story had been relocated from the old capital of Kyoto to the new audience Edo.
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