The Story of Saiunkoku 彩雲国物語

The Story of Saiunkoku 彩雲国物語 Saiunkoku Monogatari

 紅 秀麗 
The Story of Saiunkoku  彩雲国物語 Saiunkoku Monogatari

Saiunkoku is a world of eight provinces or houses, each named after a different color.

Set in the fictional empire of Saiunkoku, the story centers on Shurei Hong (Kou), a descendant of a noble family that has fallen on hard times. Her father works as a librarian in the Imperial palace, a post which offers prestige and respect, but little compensation. Shurei teaches in the temple school and works odd jobs to make ends meet, but her dream is to pass the imperial examinations and take a post in government, a path forbidden to women.

The new Emperor, Ryuuki Shi, has gained a reputation for being uninterested in courtly matters and for flaunting his love for men. So the Emperor’s Grand Adviser makes a startling offer for her to join the imperial household for six months as the young Emperor’s consort and teach the Emperor to be a responsible ruler. She easily accepts the invitation. The mysterious Seiran, a young man who was adopted by her father, goes with her as Ryuuki’s bodyguard. Entering the imperial palace revives Shuurei’s dream of being a court official and if she succeeds, she will receive a reward of 500 gold coins.

The story details the hardships of creating change, especially as a woman, Shurei’s growing relationship with the Emperor and other members of the court, the intrigues of imperial politics, and her commitment to better herself and her country.

Photographer –  Vandych Alex
Model: Alina (https://instagram.com/arjeryn/)

 

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