Please cite examples of miyabi in Tale of Genji.

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One of the most powerful examples of miyabi in the novel comes at the beginning of "The Sacred Tree." The Rokujo Lady, one of the most refined and elegant ladies in the capital, has decided that she is going to leave the city due to a lack of attention from Genji. The connection of her own deep sorrow at the change in her relationship mirror the loss of her connection to the arts and the aesthetic sensibility embodied by the capital itself, referred to as miyako and connected to the idea of miyabi.

The departure from the capital mirrors the other idea inherent in miyabi which is loss and a sense of decline that accompanies the transience of the elegance which miyabi is constructed around. Her transition from the elegance and opulence of the capital to a more austere setting is important as it emphasizes her own ability to recognize the change that her choice represents and her ability to appreciate and understand it. All of this combines to make her an archetype of miyabi.