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Travelers of a Hundred Ages : The Japanese as Revealed Through 1,000 Years of Diaries - Donald Keene

Travelers of a Hundred Ages

The Japanese as Revealed Through 1,000 Years of Diaries

Paperback Published: 12th May 1999
ISBN: 9780231114370
Number Of Pages: 480
For Ages: 22+ years old

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In Japan, the diary has acquired the status of a literary genre comparable in importance to the novel and the literary essay. Donald Keene, hailed in the New York Times Book Review as "the century's leading expert on Japanese literature," presents a collection of pre-modern Japanese diaries that is both a literary history of this seminal genre and a source of insight into Japanese life of the last thousand years.

Ranging from objective to confessional, selections such as "The Poetic Memoirs of Lady Daibu" and "Diaries of Seventeenth-Century Courtiers" are much more than mere narratives of events, and offer unparalleled glimpses into the lives of diverse writers from the Kamakura dynastic period to the Tokugawa period.

Travelers of a Hundred Ages illuminates the hidden and largely unknown worlds of imperial courts, Buddhist monasteries, country inns, and merchants' houses. It is at once an intimate account of the diarists' lives and a testimony to the greater struggles and advances of Japanese culture.

Industry Reviews

A chief interpreter of Japanese culture to the West... shows his breadth of knowledge and unflagging curiosity. LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW This is a book to keep at one's side and visit from time to time. NEW YORKER An engaging book. Boston Globe

Heian Diaries
The Record of a Pilgrimage to China in Search of the Buddhist Law
The Tosa Diary The Gossamer Years
The Master of the Hut The Izumi Shikibu Diary
The Murasaki Shikibu Diary
The Sarashina Diary
The Tale of the Tonomine Captain
The Collection of the Mother of Jojin, the Ajari
The Sanuki no Suke Diary Chuyuki Poetry Collections and Poem Tales
The Poetic Memoirs of Lady Daibu Diaries of the Kamakura
Period Chronicle of the Bright Moon The Diary of Minamoto Ienaga
The Visit of the Emperor Takakura to Itsukushima
The Ascension to Heaven of the Late Emperor Takakura Journey Along the Seacoast Road
The Diary of the Priest Shinsho A Journey East of the Barrier Fitful Slumbers
The Diary of the Waning Moon
The Diary of Asukai Masaari
The Diary of Lady Ben
The Diary of Lady Nakatsukasa
The Confessions of Lady Nijo Account of the Takemuki Palace
Diaries of the Muromachi Period
Account of a Pilgrimage to the Great Shrine of Ise
Gifts from the Capital Gifts from the Capital Reciting
Poetry to Myself at Ojima Pilgrimage to Sumiyoshi
The Visit to Itsukushima of the Lord of the Deer Park
A Source of Consolation Journey to Fuji Journey to Zenko-ji
Account of Fujikawa Journey to Shirakawa
Journey Along the Tsukushi Road
Account of Sogi's Last Hours
Account of Utsunoyama Socho's Notebook
A Pilgrimage to Yoshino Journey to See Fuji
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ISBN: 9780231114370
ISBN-10: 0231114370
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 12th May 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.29  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.64