17. The Picture Competition / A Picture Contest(絵合)
But the character of Lady Kaguya herself, so free from all stain of worldly impurity, so nobly elevated both in thought and conduct, carries us back to the Age of the Gods, and if such a tale fails to win your applause.
A critique about The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It is said to be the first story in Japan.This chapter is full of criticisms of painting and literature.
Akikonomu enters the court with Genji as guardian. The young emperor and Akikonomu are fond of painting and become close. Genji and his rival hold a painting competition in front of the emperor. Both exhibit their treasured collections. In the end, Genji wins the competition with a painting of "Suma", which depicts his own experience.
This is a story about stories. Like a play within a play of Hamlet. Various paintings and stories appear. The best of among them is the "true story" Genji's Suma Exile. that's interesting.