Exclusive show of the  "Shuhanron emaki" original manuscript dating from the 17th century

at The Bibliothèque Nationale de France BNF (the Public Collections in France)


Diane de Selliers, editor of the Tale of Gengi, Member of Le Comité Colbert


Véronique Béranger, director of the BNF Japanese Manuscripts and Narrative Paintings Department


The 7 meter long original manuscript is kept in the BNF safe, for reasons of conservation 


Japanese Empress Michiko and Diane de Selliers during an official ceremony in Tokyo about

The Tale of Genji, a book edited by Diane de Selliers and illustrated with traditional Japanese paintings

Tale of Genji, by Diane de Selliers, a book recognized as the finest version in French

The Tale of Gingi is a masterpiece of Japanese literature written by Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部, c. 973 – c. 1020) a novelist, poet, and servant of the Imperial Court during the Heian period of Japan.


Lady Murasaki's great 11th century novel is a beautifully crafted story of love, betrayal and death at the Imperial Court. At the core of this epic is Prince Genji, the son of an emperor, whose passionate character, love affairs and shifting political fortunes, offer an exquisite glimpse of the golden age of Japan.