The Tale of Genji

The Kokiden Girl Character Analysis

The Kokiden girl is Tō no Chūjō's daughter with his wife, who is one of the Minister of the Right's daughters. She's about Reizei's age and as such is one of the several young women who become possible wives for him. Tō no Chūjō provides her with a number of copy paintings when his daughter's rivalry with Akikonomu for Reizei's affection begins to ramp up. However, the Kokiden girl's faction cannot bring forward art that's good enough to compete with Genji's paintings and drawings from his time in Suma and Akashi.
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The Kokiden Girl Character Timeline in The Tale of Genji

The timeline below shows where the character The Kokiden Girl appears in The Tale of Genji. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...roles. Tō no Chūjō is also promoted and hopes to send his twelve-year-old daughter, the Kokiden girl , to court. (full context)
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...he finds he likes her nevertheless. Reizei begins splitting his time between Akikonomu and the Kokiden girl , whom he loves to play with. This worries Tō no Chūjō. Reizei begins spending... (full context)
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...Tō no Chūjō commissions painters to illustrate classic stories and installs the paintings in the Kokiden girl 's apartments. Reizei loves them but is sad when Tō no Chūjō won't let Akikonomu... (full context)
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...offer his art collection for royal review. By now, the palace is filled with the Kokiden girl and Akikonomu's favorite art. Their two styles are very different. Fujitsubo, a great art lover... (full context)
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...notes and Akikonomu refuses Suzaku's advances, which angers him. He begins giving paintings to the Kokiden girl . (full context)
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...Finally, Akikonomu's side brings out one of Genji's paintings from Suma. The painting that the Kokiden girl 's side offers simply can’t compete. The courtiers fall silent admiring the work and thinking... (full context)
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...to one day tell her everything. Tō no Chūjō hopes that Reizei won't forget the Kokiden girl after her loss in the art contest. Genji is thrilled to have things going his... (full context)