The Pillow Book of Sei Sh¯onagon, Translated [from the Japanese] and Edited by Ivan Morris - Study Guide Sections 25-36 Summary & Analysis

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Sections 25 and 27 describe trees. Section 25 is specifically about flowering trees. Shonagon elaborates on which flowering trees are beautiful and which are not. In Section 27, she discusses non-flowering trees. In her opinion, the common oak is the most magnificent tree.

Section 26 is about festivals. Shonagon's favorite festival is the Festival of the Fifth Month. On this day, herbal balls decorated with braided strings are brought to the Empress's palace and attached to pillars. Gifts are exchanged, and little girls wear irises as accessories. Another name for the Festival of the Fifth Month is the Iris Festival.

In Section 28, Shonagon discusses birds. It is more of a list than a discussion. Some of the sentences are not complete because they are just lists. Shonagon likes the mandarin duck and thinks that the sound made by wild geese is very moving. Section 29 is a short list of elegant...

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