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


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

400 pages

129 x 197 x 31

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