The Tōkaidō Road: Traveling and Representation in Edo and Meiji Japan

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 270 pages
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The T˘kaid˘ Road offers a comparative study of the T˘kaid˘ road's representations during the Edo (1600-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) eras. Throughout the Edo era, the T˘kaid˘ highway was the most important route of Japan and transportation was confined to foot travel. In 1889, the T˘kaid˘ Railway was established, at first paralleling and eventually almost eliminating the use of the highway. During both periods, the T˘kaid˘ was a popular topic of representation and was depicted in a variety of visual and literary media. After the installation of the railway in the Meiji era, the T˘kaid˘ was presented as a landscape of progress, modernity and westernisation. Such representations were fundamental in shaping the T˘kaid˘ and the realm of travelling in the collective consciousness of the Japanese people.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Infrastructure and cartography of the Tokaido in macro
11
Traveling practices and literary Tokaido
65
Performance visuality and imagination at the Tokaidos
145
the Tokaido as medium
208
History as nostalgia history as play
218
Glossary
224
Bibliography
241
Index
259
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Jilly Traganou currently teaches Architecture at the University of Texas. She has contributed to Japanese Capitals and Suburbanizing the Masses.

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