A true, girl, fantasy bookworm from a thousand years ago in Japan!

I found today someone on Twitter mentioning Sugawara Takasue’s Daughter who wrote a fascinating diary about her reading life. Some Otaku girls now call her the earliest ancestor of Otaku girls.

Sarashina Nikki(diary)


“Her memoirs start with her childhood days, when she delighted in reading tales, and prayed to be able to read the Tale of Genji from beginning to end. She records her joy when presented with a complete copy, and how she dreamed of living a romance like those described in it. When her life does not turn out as well as she had hoped, she blames her addiction to tales, which made her live in a fantasy world and neglect her spiritual growth. These records are impressive memories of Lady Sarashinas travel and dreams, and of her day-to-day life.” (from the Wiki page above)


Sugawara Takasue’s daughter



Well, I can’t blame her! Who can? 😀


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