the Tale of Genji: Principal characters

Quoted from the Tale of Genji translated by Edward G. Seidensticker (Everyman’s Library 1992).

charactersdescriptions
Akashi EmpressAlso the Akashi girl, the Akashi princess. Genji’s daughter by the Akashi Lady. Consort of the emperor regnant at the end of the tale.
Akashi LadyDaughter of a former governor of Akashi. Installed by Genji in the northwest quarter at Rokujo. Mother of the Akashi empress.
AkikonomuDaughter of a former crown prince and the Rokujo lady. Consort of the Reizei emperor. First cousin of Genji and Asagao.
AoiGenji’s first wife. Daughter of a Minister of the Left and Princess Omiya. Sister of To no Chujo. Mother of Yugiri.
AsagaoGenji’s first cousin. Daughter of a brother of his father.
BennokimiIn attendance upon Kashiwagi and later the Uji princesses.
Eighth PrinceBrother of Genji and father of the Uji princesses, Origimi and Nakanokimi, and of Ukifune.
Emperor(1) Genji’s father, whose abdication is announced at the beginning of Chapter 9. (2) Suzaku emperor, Genji’s brother, who succeeds to the throne at the beginning of Chapter 9 and abdicates in Chapter 14. (3) Reizei emperor. Thought by the world to be Genji’s brother, but in fact his son by Fujitsubo. Succeeds to the throne in Chapter 14 and abdicates in Chapter 35. (4) A son of the Suzaku emperor who succeeds to the throne in Chapter 35, and is still reigning at the end of the tale.
Evening Faces, Lady of theA lady of undistinguished lineage who is loved by To no Chujo and bears his daughter Tamakazura.
FujitsuboDaughter of a former emperor, consort of Genji’s father, and mother of Reizei emperor.
GenjiSon of the emperor regnant at the opening of the tale.
HigekuroSon of a Minister of the Right, husband of Murasaki’s sister and of Tamakazura, and uncle of the emperor regnant at the end of the tale.
Hotaru, PrinceGenji’s brother. Husband of Makibashira.
Hyobu, PrinceBrother of Fujitsubo and father of Murasaki.
KaoruThought by the world to be Genji’s son, but really Kashiwagi’s.
KashiwagiSon of To no Chujo and father of Kaoru. Married to the Second Princess, daughter of the Suzaku emperor.
KobaiYounger brother of Kashiwagi.
KojijuA woman in attendance upon the Third Princess.
KokidenDaughter of a Minister of the Right. Wife of Genji’s father, sister of Oborozukiyo, and mother of Suzaku emperor.
KoremitsuGenji’s servant and confidant.
KumoinokariTo no Chujo’s daughter and Yugiri’s wife.
Locust shell, Lady of theWife of a governor Iyo. Installed by Genji among his lesser ladies at Nijo.
MakibashiraDaughter of Higekuro. Wife successively of Prince Hotaru and Kobai.
Minister of the LeftSeveral characters. Initially, the husband of Princess Omiya and the father of Aoi and To no Chujo.
Minister of the RightSeveral characters. Initially, the father of Kokiden and Oborozukiyo and grandfather of the Suzaku emperor.
MurasakiDaughter of Prince Hyobu, niece of Fujitsubo, and granddaughter of a former emperor.
NakanokimiSecond daughter of the Eighth Prince.
Niou, PrinceSon of the emperor regnant at the end of the tale and of the Akashi empress.
OborozukiyoSister of Kokiden.
OigimiOldest daughter of the Eighth Prince.
Omi, Lady ofLong-lost daughter of To no Chujo.
Omiya, PrincessGenji’s paternal aunt. Mother of Aoi and To no Chujo.
Ono, Nun ofUkifune’s protector.
Orange Blossoms, Lady of theSister of a lesser concubine of Genji’s father. Installed by Genji in the northeast quarter at Rokujo.
Reizei EmperorThought by the world to be Genji’s brother, but in fact his son by Fujitsubo. Reigns from Chapter 14 to Chapter 35.
Rokujo LadyWidow of a former Crown Prince, Genji’s uncle. Mother of Akikonomu.
RokunokimiDaughter of Yugiri and wife of Niou.
Safflower LadyImpoverished, but of royal origins. Installed by Genji among his lesser ladies at Nijo.
Second Princess(1) Daughter of Suzaku emperor and wife of Kashiwagi. (2) Daughte of the emperor regnant at the end of the tale and wife of Kaoru.
Suzaku EmperorGenji’s brother. Reigns from Chapter 9 to Chapter 14.
TamakazuraDaughter of To no Chujo and lady of the evening faces.
Third PrincessDaughter of the Suzaku emperor, wife of Genji, and mother of Kaoru.
To no ChujoSon of a Minister of the Left and Princess Omiya and brother of Aoi. Father of Kashiwagi, Kobai, Kumoinokari, Tamakazura, and the Omi lady.
UkifuneUnrecognized daughter of the Eighth Prince. Half-sister of Oigimi and Nakanokimi.
UkonIn attendance upon Ukifune.
Yokawa, Bishop ofBrother of the nun of Ono.
YugiriSon of Genji and Aoi.

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