Courtship as Play and Performance
This chapter demonstrates four different stages in Genji's use of the Heian courtship practice of kaimami, a secretive maneuver to disguise and thereby deflect attention from unnarrated tabooed affairs, such as Genji's with Fujitsubo; transgressive affairs, such as his attempted adultery with Utsusemi, his incognito adultery with Yūgao, and his affair with his half-brother Suzaku's intended, Oborozukiyo, that mirrors Genji's taboo violation with Fujitsubo; inappropriate or imaginary affairs that are playful versions of the above, such as the one with Suetsumuhana and Tamakazura. It also continues the exploration of Genji's semiarranged courtship, without kaimami, of Akashi no kimi. Finally, Genji becomes the unintended target of his rival, Kashiwagi, who catches a glimpse of Genji's wife by accident, at a game of kemari that Genji organized in the courtyard of Murasaki's southeast quarters of the Rokujō Estate and witnessed as a spectator.
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