Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from the Manyoshu to Basho by Meredith McKinney

Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from the Manyoshu to Basho

byMeredith McKinney

Kobo ebook | November 7, 2019

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Discover a realm of travel writing undreamed of in the West - a richly literary tradition extending through a thousand years and more, whose individual works together weave a dense and beautiful brocade of repeated patterns and motifs, tones and textures. Here are asobi, the wandering performers who prefigured geisha; travelling monks who sleep on pillows of grass and listen to the autumnal insects; and a young girl who passionately longs to travel to the capital and read more stories. Taking in songs, dramas, tales, diaries and above all, poetry, this wonderful anthology roams over mountains and along perilous shores to show how profoundly travel inspired the Japanese imagination.

Title:Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from the Manyoshu to BashoFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 7, 2019Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0241310865

ISBN - 13:9780241310861

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A rich, exquisite and original anthology that illuminates Japanese travel writing over a thousand years'Oh journey upon journey, my life is a brief moment, and I cannot hope that we will meet again'Roaming over mountains and along perilous shores, this anthology illuminates over a thousand years of Japanese travel writing. It takes in songs, diaries, tales and poetry, and ranges from famous works including The Pillow Book and the works of Basho to pieces such as the diary of a young girl who longs to return to the capital and her beloved books, or the writings of travelling monks who sleep on pillows of grass. Together they illuminate a long literary tradition, with intense poetic experience at its heart.Translated and edited with an introduction by Meredith McKinney