Japanese poem by Saigyo (1118-1190) from "New Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern" "Even a person free of passion would be moved to sadness: autumn evening in a marsh where snipe fly up." (calligraphy by Suzuki Gyosho)
Sei Shōnagon: 966-1017; Sei Shōnagon was a Japanese author and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi during the middle Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Pillow Book. Shōnagon is also known for her rivalry with her contemporary, Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Genji. Murasaki Shikibu wrote about Shōnagon - somewhat scathingly, though conceding Shōnagon's literary gifts - in her diary.