New Chronicles of Yanagibashi and Diary of a Journey to the West: Narushima Ryuhoku Reports from Home  and Abroad
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456pp. September 2010
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New Chronicles of Yanagibashi and Diary of a Journey to the West: Narushima Ryuhoku Reports from Home and Abroad
Translator: Fraleigh, Matthew;
This book features complete annotated translations of Narushima Ryuhoku’s two most widely read and influential texts, both of which showcase the innovative and experimental use of Chinese-language discourse taking place in Japan during the nineteenth century. Focused on one of the capital city’s celebrated geisha districts, the satirical New Chronicles of Yanagibashi serves as both a documentary record of changing customs during the tumultuous 1850s–70s and an amusingly nuanced social critique. Banned multiple times, the work nevertheless became a favorite of the Meiji reading public. This text is paired with Diary of a Journey to the West, Ryuhoku’s travelogue from his world tour of 1872–1873
Cornell East Asia Series #151
Distributed for the Cornell University East Asia Program
Translator: Fraleigh, Matthew;



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