Tō no Chūjō is Genji's brother in law. The two are very good friends, though they're also rivals. In their youth, their rivalry is based on women, specifically Naishi. Tō no Chūjō also struggles next to Genji, as Genji is often described as being far more perfect and a more accomplished dancer, singer, and poet. As mature adults, the two engage in the art competition between the palace women, as Tō no Chūjō wants his daughter, the Kokiden girl, to marry Reizei, while Genji wants Akikonomu to marry him. Throughout the novel, Tō no Chūjō is the man who most often spends time with Genji to reminisce about the past and play music. He even visits Genji while Genji is in exile.
Tō no Chūjō Quotes in The Tale of Genji
The The Tale of Genji quotes below are all either spoken by Tō no Chūjō or refer to Tō no Chūjō. 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.).
Tō no Chūjō Character Timeline in The Tale of Genji
The timeline below shows where the character Tō no Chūjō appears in The Tale of Genji. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the Evening Faces, though he does discover that she has some sort of connection to Tō no Chūjō , Genji's brother-in-law. Genji wonders if the lady is one of his former lovers. Koremitsu... (full context)
...leave. He's interrupted, however, when a group from the Minister of the Left's house, including Tō no Chūjō , arrives. They decide to stay and enjoy the cherry blossoms. They drink wine, play... (full context)
An Autumn Excursion
The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms
...poetry competition. Genji's voice when he announces that he drew "spring" is quite distinguished, and Tō no Chūjō does his best to sound just as distinguished when he announces his subject. Others are... (full context)
The Emperor arranges a concert as well. Genji performs part of "Spring Warbler," and Tō no Chūjō performs "Garden of Willows and Flowers." After the dances, a reader reads the courtiers' poems.... (full context)
...at the cherry blossom festival, saying his music even made him want to dance. As Tō no Chūjō is in attendance, Genji insists that "Garden of Willows and Flowers" dance was far superior. (full context)
The Sacred Tree
...that Reizei's security is the most important thing. Genji, the Minister of the Left, and Tō no Chūjō are also slighted when the promotions are announced. Tō no Chūjō and Genji spend a... (full context)
...to refuse an appointment to be a regent; both, however, must ultimately accept their roles. Tō no Chūjō is also promoted and hopes to send his twelve-year-old daughter, the Kokiden girl, to court. (full context)
A Picture Contest
...time between Akikonomu and the Kokiden girl, whom he loves to play with. This worries Tō no Chūjō . Reizei begins spending more time with Akikonomu when he learns she's an artist; he... (full context)
...collecting fine art and presenting it to one's favored side. Genji makes veiled jabs at Tō no Chūjō 's secret studio, suggesting they should only offer paintings that have been in their collections... (full context)
Finally, the final contest is arranged. The ladies' chambers are elegantly decked out and Tō no Chūjō , Genji, and other courtiers attend. Reizei asks Prince Hotaru, his uncle, to act as... (full context)
...journals and Genji gives his paintings to Fujitsubo, promising 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.... (full context)