The Akashi Lady is a young woman who lives in Akashi with her mother and father, the former governor. Though the former governor has high hopes for his daughter's future, the Akashi Lady herself is far more realistic about her prospects: she's happy when she's able to simply lay eyes on Genji and she's uninterested in pushing him to become involved with her, as she doesn't feel worthy enough. She's not described as being particularly beautiful, though she is kind, sensitive, and a skilled koto player. The former governor bullies her into corresponding with Genji and the two do begin a romance. Not long before Genji is called out of exile, she becomes pregnant with Genji's only daughter. Her daughter is born in the early spring, and Genji promises to bring the Akashi Lady and his wife to the city. However, Genji never follows through on this. Though the Akashi Lady is hurt, it's also implied that she never truly trusted him to follow through on this in the first place.