Who is Sei Shonagon? The tenth-century author of The Pillow Book? A woman of mixed-race parentage, surviving life in modern Japan? Or a voice from behind a screen, reaching across centuries, linking them both?
Just off a fashionable street in the upbeat heart of contemporary Tokyo, lies a fragment of another age - an old incense shop.
Above it, in a room furnished with nothing but a simple paper screen, guests come to speak with the woman known as 'Sei Shonagon', hoping to find answers to the mysteries of their own bizarre lives. 'Sei Shonagon' seeks out beauty where she can find it - whether in her memories, or in traditional Japanese culture.
As she grows older, the need to understand what she sees around her becomes a personal odyssey that affects the lives of everyone she encounters.