| Born into the family of Count Kabayama, as a child
Shirasu studied traditional Japanese Noh drama and gained a familiarity
with classical Japanese literature. Passing away at the age of 88 last year,
she left a large body of work, much of which documents the traditional Japanese
Her relationships with Aoyama Jiro (1901-1979) and Kobayashi Hideo (1902-1983) helped her broaden the scope of her writings in a wide range of topics. On trips to remote villages beginning with Aburahi Shrine and Rakuya-ji Temple in Ohmi area, located close to Kyoto, she searched for the traditional Japanese spirit wherever it remained in each location. She also continued to pursue "living traditions" through her interest in everything from kimono design to handicrafts and antiques.
|Even today her writings are widely respected by many different people, whether young or old, men or women. This is most likely because her writing contains a definite aesthetic that is always backed up by the facts of her personal experience and that she applied these qualities with a peerless accuracy in all she wrote.|