Yamato Waki, The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, manga, Japanese literature, the Met, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Japan, Melissa McCormick, Heian period

Manga Artist Yamato Waki at the Met

Artists on Artworks – Yamato Waki

Saturday, June 8 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street (Main Museum Entrance)

Admission: Free with Museum Admission ($25/$17 seniors/$12 students/Free for Members, Patrons, and children under 12)

In conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at Harvard University and exhibition co-curator Melissa McCormick hosts a conversation with acclaimed manga artist Yamato Waki. Yamato speaks about her artistic process and one of her most popular works, Asaki Yumemishi, a manga version of The Tale of Genji. Originally published from 1980 to 1993, Asaki Yumemishi reflects Yamato’s detailed study of the Heian period (794-1185), the era in which The Tale of Genji is set, but also has contemporary flourishes.

The event takes place in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. To register, please visit the conversation’s Eventbrite page.

Widely considered the first novel ever written, The Tale of Genji is a classic work of Japanese literature by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting to the Empress Akiko. It is an expansive work that follows the amorous exploits of the exceedingly handsome Genji, the son of the emperor and his concubine. The sprawling tale, written one thousand years ago, influenced a variety of artwork from paintings to poetry to manga. The Met’s exhibition The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated showcases more than 120 of these works and is on display through June 16. For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Met’s website.

Image: Yamato Waki (Japanese, born 1948). The death of Genji, the empty chapter in Murasaki’s tale, from the manga series The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn (Genji monogatari: Asaki yumemishi), 1989. Matted painting; ink and color in paper, Overall: 14 11/16 × 10 3/4 in. (37.3 × 27.3 cm). Image courtesy of Asaki Yumemishi © Yamato Waki