The Minister of the Right is one of the most powerful men at court, just one step below the Emperor in rank. Described as being extremely vindictive, he shares his daughter Kokiden's hunger for power. However, he's slightly more willing to be persuaded to do the right thing than Kokiden is. Early on, for instance, he allows one of his daughters to marry the Minister of the Left's son Tō no Chūjō, which helps to smooth things over for a while between the two. However, when his grandson Suzaku takes the throne, the Minister of the Right bands together with Kokiden to rule in Suzaku's stead. He keeps Suzaku from promoting Genji or anyone in the Minister of the Left's household. When he later discovers Genji in bed with his daughter Oborozukiyo, the Minister of the Right goes straight to Kokiden with incriminating evidence and the two conspire to send Genji into exile. Though they're successful, the minister dies when Genji is away and after his death, Genji and his allies are able to retake the throne and return to power.
Minister of the Right Quotes in The Tale of Genji
The The Tale of Genji quotes below are all either spoken by Minister of the Right or refer to Minister of the Right. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Tale of Genji published in 1976.).
Minister of the Right Character Timeline in The Tale of Genji
The timeline below shows where the character Minister of the Right appears in The Tale of Genji. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Paulownia Court
..."father to the nation." The emissary's remarks about Genji leak, raising the suspicions of the Minister of the Right , Kokiden's father. He becomes very suspicious, though he soon discovers he has no need... (full context)
The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms
...comes to Kokiden's attention that her sister Oborozukiyo seems to be pining for Genji. The Minister of the Right isn't particularly upset about this since Genji's attentions are clearly elsewhere, but Kokiden suggests that... (full context)
The Sacred Tree
With the Emperor gone, Kokiden sets about making Genji's life miserable, as she and the Minister of the Right haven't forgotten that the Minister of the Left gave Aoi to Genji instead of to... (full context)
...be able to sneak out. Finally, the storm passes, dawn comes, and with it, the Minister of the Right jauntily lifts Oborozukiyo's curtains to check on her. Oborozukiyo slips out, looking as though she's... (full context)
...about, but Suzaku came down with a painful eye condition after that. Soon after, the Minister of the Right died and Kokiden became ill as well. Suzaku fears that as long as Genji is... (full context)