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Lady Rokujō

Summary
Lady Rokujō is a fictional character in The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari). She is a mistress of the novel's protagonist, Hikaru Genji, with whom she becomes infatuated with and jealous of his other lovers. Her jealousy subconsciously causes her ikiryō (wandering spirit) to become a Shiryo (also known as a Yūrei) that attacks and murders multiple other mistresses and wives of Genji. Lady Rokujō is a relatively minor character in the novel. She appears in chapters Kiritsubo, Hana no En, Sakaki, Miotsukushi and Wakana. Outside of these chapters, Lady Rokujō has little mention or influence on the novel. Lady Rokujō is also the protagonist of two Nōh dramas. In Nonomiya ("The Shrine in the Fields"), Lady Rokujō pretends to be a village woman who tells a traveling monk of Lady Rokujō's story. In Aoi no Ue ("Lady Aoi"), Lady Rokujō possesses Genji's wife, Lady Aoi, out of jealousy, causing Lady Aoi to fall ill. Aoi no Ue was later adapted into a modern stage play by Yukio Mishima in The
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