Longfellow's Tattoos: Tourism, Collecting, and Japan
This cultural history examines tourism, Japanese art, and collecting in the 1860s and 1870s. Through the life and travels of Charles Longfellow (1844-1893), son of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, we look at America's growing appreciation for Japan. Longfellow's journals, correspondence, photographs, and art collection dramatically demonstrate America's early impressions of Japanese culture, and his personal odyssey illustrate the impact on both countries of the globe-trotting phenomenon. Charles Longfellow, son of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, arrived in Yokohama in 1871, intending a brief visit, and stayed for two years. well as the elaborate tattoos he had collected on his body. His journals, correspondence, and art collection dramatically demonstrate America's early impressions of Japanese culture, and his personal odyssey illustrates the impact on both countries of globetrotting tourism. Interweaving Longfellow's experiences with broader issues of tourism and cultural authenticity, Christine Guth discusses the ideology of tourism and the place of Japan within nineteenth-century round-the-world travel. This study goes beyond simplistic models of reciprocal influence and authenticity to a more synergistic account of cross-cultural dynamics.
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Page v - The same waves wash the moles of the new-built California towns, but yesterday planted by the recentest race of men and lave the faded but still gorgeous skirts of Asiatic lands, older than Abraham; while all between float milkyways of coral isles, and low-lying, endless, unknown Archipelagoes, and impenetrable Japans.