Naishi is an old woman who was one of the Emperor's lovers. At age sixty, she's described as experienced and refined, but also not afraid to ask for what she wants. As she and Genji woo each other and have sex, this causes Genji to come to think of her as being gaudy and tasteless. She also has a short-lived relationship with Tō no Chūjō.
Naishi Quotes in The Tale of Genji
The The Tale of Genji quotes below are all either spoken by Naishi or refer to Naishi. 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.).
Naishi Character Timeline in The Tale of Genji
The timeline below shows where the character Naishi appears in The Tale of Genji. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
An Autumn Excursion
...keeps pretty women around and Genji smiles and jokes with most of them. One woman, Naishi, piques Genji's interest: she's sixty years old and talented, but isn't discriminating when it comes... (full context)
...Genji's normal self-righteousness and sense of propriety is surely hiding something incriminating. Discovering Genji with Naishi, he decides to teach Genji a lesson. Genji hears someone come in and believes that... (full context)