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Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing
Penguin Random House

Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing

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Trade paperback format.  Selected and translated by Meredith McKinney.

A rich and exquisite anthology that illuminates Japanese travel over a thousand years, from the Manyoshu to Basho.

A Penguin Classic

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; traveling 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.