Sei Shōnagon Pin Brooch


  • The first pin from Geri Coady’s riso print series, Defying Tradition: Japanese Women Who Changed the World, is author, poet, and court lady Sei Shōnagon.
  • This gold-coloured hard enamel pin brooch measures 38mm x 40mm.
  • It features fine screen-printed details and has two rubber clutches on the reverse side for extra safety and stability.
  • Each comes displayed on a special gold foil-stamped backing card.
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Shōnagon was an Imperial court lady who served Empress Teishi during the middle Heian era. At age sixteen, she married a government official and gave birth to a son. Shōnagon’s relationship with fellow writer and court lady Murasaki Shikibu was strained. The courts of Empress Teishi and co-empress Empress Shōshi encouraged rivalry between the writers, pitting the women against each other, despite the possibility that the two had never met. Shōnagon was famously ridiculed in Murasaki’s diary where she complained, “Shōnagon was dreadfully conceited. She thought herself so clever and littered her writing with Chinese characters; but if you examined them closely, they left a great deal to be desired.”

Shōnagon’s work, The Pillow Book, was a collection of poems, anecdotes, and essays giving insight into her life as a court lady. As it was originally meant to be a private work for her enjoyment only, she was able to freely write about her thoughts and opinions that she was not allowed to state publicly. As a result, the book became extremely valuable as a historical document.

Both Shōnagon and Murasaki, as women, had an active role in Heian-era society. Japanese kana, the writing system they used in their writing, was considered “the people’s language” in comparison to formal Chinese and made them far more popular and influential for centuries to come.

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Hello, everyone! My name is Geri Coady—I’m an illustrator and designer with a passion for Japanese travel, food, and culture. Seven years ago I worked as an art director in a Canadian advertising agency, but for the past six years I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator in Nottingham, England, with clients located around the globe.

My other interests include photography, coffee culture, and running. I study Japanese daily to work toward my goal of being fluent. In February of 2017, I appeared in the TV Tokyo program 「世界!ニッポン行きたい人応援団」also known as “Who Wants to Come to Japan?” in English. You can read more about my experience filming for Japanese TV on my blog post.

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