As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams

As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams

Recollections of a Woman in 11th-Century Japan

Written by: Sarashina
Introduction by:
Translated by:

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140442823
  • 176 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Born at the height of the Heian period, the pseudonymous Lady Sarashina reveals much about the Japanese literary tradition in this haunting self-portrait. Born in 1008, Lady Sarashina was a lady-in-waiting of Heian-period Japan. Her work stands out for its descriptions of her travels and pilgrimages and is unique in the literature of the period, as well as one of the first in the genre of travel writing.

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Table of Contents

As I Crossed a Bridge of DreamsIllustrations and Maps
Sections and Chronology
Translation: As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams
Index to Notes