I have a copy of The Pillow Book that I've had for a few years now, and I keep it in the bookshelf beside by bed and pick it up and skim through it periodically and it always seems like there's something new to read that I missed in previous readings.
|An except from The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon
I would like to do something that I have been planning to do on this blog for a while, and take a few of Sei Shonagōn's topics and create my own list related to them. This is a bit of a silly and trivial thing to do with a very important piece of historical literature, but Sei Shōnagon has been a master of silly and trivial for over a thousand years now, so I doubt she would mind very much. Or alternatively, she would have minded an awful lot and would have snarkily added it to a list of "annoying things".
Things that make you feel nostalgic
- Bell sleeves
- Very ruffly rectangular headdresses tied under the chin
- Knee socks with a ruffle on top and little bows on the side
- Eyelet lace
- Baby the Stars Shine Bright's dress tags
- Finding an old website with a picture you used to envy when you first got into Lolita
Things that make your heart beat fast
- When you're brushing your hair and all of the sudden the brush gets caught in the lace on your dress
- Seeing the mail carrier walk towards your house carrying packages
- The last minute on an auction
- Getting lost going to a meetup that you don't know many people at
- When you run into another Lolita you've never met before when you're out and about
Awkward and embarrassing things
- Stumbling in platforms at a meetup
- Knocking things off of table tops with your petticoat
- Accidentally opening your parasol too close to a person and knocking it into them
- Misidentifying a brand
- When one sock falls down while you're walking and you don't have anywhere to stop to pull it up, even worse if it's a long OTK and you have to lift up the hem of your skirt to fix it.
- Seeing the little orange "we missed you" slip in the mail box while you're waiting for a package, even though you were home all day and didn't hear a knock on the door or the doorbell ring.
- Reserves selling out withing minutes, while you're sitting around still waiting for the shopping cart to load
- Livejournal downtime
- Lectures by people who don't have any interest in wearing the fashion on why you're wearing it wrong
- When people try to tell you what the word "Lolita" means
People who seem enviable
- Seeing pictures of people's large closets
- People who live near to brand stores
- Hearing about a friend's trip to Closet Child in Japan
- When other people's perfect hair gets mistaken for a wig
- Anyone who has your dream dress, even if it's the only dress they own
Things that look fresh and pure
- The tissue paper around a dress you bought new from a store
- The deep slightly luminous black of a brand new black dress
- Unworn shoes without any scuffs still nestled in their shoebox
- A brand new curly wig still in its wig net
- A flawless Shiro Lolita coordinate
I would encourage anyone to pick up this book, but if you don't have the time to add a new book to your reading list, I would love to see your versions of these types of lists! If you happen to make a similar blog post with these own list topics, or even similar other ones, I'd love to see them. Who knows, in a thousand years they might still be read!