From the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon,
a lady-in-waiting at the court of the Emperor of Japan
towards the end of the 10th century AD.
Things That Give a Clean Feeling
An earthen cup. A new metal bowl.
A rush mat.
The play of the light on water as one pours it into a vessel.
A new wooden chest.
Row in the Bathhouse
Things That Give an Unclean Feeling.
A rat's nest.
Someone who is late in washing his hands in the morning.
White snivel, and children who sniffle as they walk.
The containers used for oil.
A person who does not bathe for a long time even though the weather is hot.
All faded clothes give me an unclean feeling, especially those that have glossy colours.