In Japan they used to use wooden pillows which had a storage space in them. Women would keep private things in the little drawer, including their journals and poems. Sei Shonagon was a lady-in-waiting who lived about a thousand years ago, and her pillow book contained idiosyncratic lists which are iconic – amongst a certain set, anyway. I’ve taken some of her lists, and slipped in some of my own additions.
THINGS THAT CAN NOT BE COMPARED
Summer and winter
Night and day
Rain and sunshine Rain and mist
When one has stopped loving someone, one feels that he has become someone else, even though he is still the same person.
Depression and contentment
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