|Taira no Shigeko, NHK|
This week’s TNK focuses on two important women in the Heian Era: Taira no Shigeko and Hōjō Masako. The episode takes us to a big event in Cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa’s private life: the death of Shigeko (his favourite court lady). In addition, Minamoto no Yoritomo started to interact with Hōjō Masako. Below is the summary from Auberginefleur for episode 40:
Episode 40 (see here online) opened with the trade between Japan and the Sung Dynasty. I liked it how the Sung people spoke in Mandarin instead of Japanese. Then the story switched to Cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa and his wife Taira no Shigeko. Shigeo (Narumi Riko) was not only Go-Shirakawa’s wife; she was also Kiyomori’s sister in law because Shigeko was Tokiko’s sister (Tokiko was Kiyomori’s dear wife). Shigeko held an important role in the Heian court, because she was the bridge between the Emperor family and the Taira clan. Shigeko was also the mother of Price Norihito, later known as Emperor Takakura. Go-Shirakawa (Matsuda Shota) seemed to love Shigeko very much. Despite his monk status, he still flirted with her, read poetries with her and making love with her.
|Go-Shirakawa (Matsuda Shota) and Taira no Shigeko (Narumi Riko), NHK|
|Yoritomo confronted by Masako, screen cap|
Losing patience, Yoritomo yanked off his sleeve, telling Masako to let him go. Masako fell and hit a short cabinet where the sword that Yoritomo was examining earlier was kept. Since he didn’t mean to hurt her, Yoritomo apologised to Masako. Learning that she had made a seemingly important sword fell out of its box, Masako also apologised and attempted to return the sword to its box. However, with a fury never displayed before, Yoritomo yelled at her to leave the sword alone. After asking Tō Kuro to tidy up the mess and show Masako the way out, Yoritomo stormed out of the house, leaving both Tō Kuro and Masako flabbergasted at the very rare display of emotion.
|Angry Masako in ep 41 next week|