Sei Shōnagon, drawing from an issue of
|Born||Kiyohara Nagiko (清原 諾子)
|Died||1017 or 1025|
Sei Shōnagon (清少納言, about 966 – 1017/1025) was a
The Heian period of Japanese history lasted from 794 to 1185
The name Pillow Book came from an event where the empress was given a bundle of
The book has about 320 entries. She also wrote lists in her diaries. There are about 164 lists. Some of the lists that were included in her diary were: "Depressing things" and "Things that arouse a fond memory of the past". Sei Shōnagon completed this book some time between 1000 and 1010 CE. Some people believe that a copy of Sei Shōnagon's book was given to Empress Sadako's daughter.