The history of writing novels and literature is very old. Many novels of the world were written centuries ago and only few copies of them are currently available. The first handwritten version of most novels is either extinct or missing. One such missing handwritten part of ‘The Tale of Genji’, considered the world’s first novel, has been found. According to experts, this is the fifth part of the novel. This missing part of the novel is found in Tokyo. This part of the novel was obtained from the home restroom of Motofuyu Okachi who lives there.
The novel titled The Tale of Genji was written by a woman named Murasaki Shikibu in the 10th century. The novel is based on the life of Genji, the son of the Japanese emperor of the Mikwa-Yoshida domain dynasty. The novel, with a total of 54 chapters, was written between the 10th and 11th centuries and mentions Jenji’s war skills, political and romantic life.
The oldest version of this novel was rewritten by the poet Fujiwara Tika and died in the year 1241. According to the researchers, only four of the 54 chapters of the novel have been rewritten by the vaccine. It has now come to light that this fifth part has also been rewritten by Fujiwara Tika.
The novel also mentions the story of a love affair between Genji and a woman from Hien Court. In the recently found fifth chapter, the story of the murder of Genji by Murasaki fraudulently after becoming a wife from a girlfriend is also revealed.
Reijike Shiguruti Bunko, who laid the foundation of the Japanese Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, admitted that part of the copy of the available novel was also written by the poet Fujiwara Tika. He said that the majority of this novel comes from other copies, but there is a difference of grammar among them.
Junko Yamamoto, a professor at Kyoto University, said that there has been research on The Tale of Genji for a long time. It was written and edited 250 years after Genji existed. He further states that the manuscript, rewritten and edited by Tika, is also available for research.