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Portents And Politics: Two Women Activists On The Verge Of The Meiji Restoration, Laura Nenzi Dec 2011

Portents And Politics: Two Women Activists On The Verge Of The Meiji Restoration, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

This essay examines the deployment of revelations and prophetic dreams in the writings of two female political activists of the bakumatsu period, Kurosawa Tokiko and Nomura Bōtō. As a rhetorical device, the supernatural enabled Kurosawa and Nomura to foster their affiliation with the loyalists, to envision order, and to justify their actions. As a weapon and as a shield, it offered a sense of entitlement and the illusion of invulnerability. Studies of bakumatsu ideology often emphasize its rational qualities; these two case studies, however, shed new light on the multifaceted expressions of political activism on the verge of the Meiji ...


Caught In The Spotlight: The 1858 Comet And Late-Tokugawa Japan, Laura Nenzi Dec 2010

Caught In The Spotlight: The 1858 Comet And Late-Tokugawa Japan, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

In the fall of 1858 a large comet crossed the skies of Japan. Casting its light over a society in turmoil, torn apart by political factionalism and threatened by a virulent cholera epidemic, economic collapse, and foreign encroachment, the 1858 comet quickly became the centerpiece of diverging interpretations on the state of society, the country, or the world in general. To some, the ‘strange star’ was an ominous symbol of impending catastrophe, while others saw it as the broom that would sweep away the misery of old and usher in a much-needed world renewal. Through an examination of personal diaries ...


Excursions In Identity: Travel And The Intersection Of Place, Gender, And Status In Edo Japan, Laura Nenzi Mar 2008

Excursions In Identity: Travel And The Intersection Of Place, Gender, And Status In Edo Japan, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

In the Edo period (1600–1868), status- and gender-based expectations largely defined a person’s place and identity in society. The wayfarers of the time, however, discovered that travel provided the opportunity to escape from the confines of the everyday. Cultured travelers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries wrote travel memoirs to celebrate their profession as belle-lettrists. For women in particular the open road and the blank page of the diary offered a precious opportunity to create personal hierarchies defined less by gender and more by culture and refinement. After the mid-eighteenth century—which saw the popularization of culture and ...


Encountering The World: Kawai Tsugunosuke’S 1859 Journey To Yokohama And Nagasaki, Laura Nenzi Dec 2007

Encountering The World: Kawai Tsugunosuke’S 1859 Journey To Yokohama And Nagasaki, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

Describes Kawai Tsugunosuke's journey in 1859 via his travel diaries, the people he encountered, his intellectual growth and especially his eagerness to make contact with foreigners trading with Japan. URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/36287


Women’S Travel Narratives In Early Modern Japan: Genre Imperatives, Gender Consciousness, And Status Questioning, Laura Nenzi Dec 2005

Women’S Travel Narratives In Early Modern Japan: Genre Imperatives, Gender Consciousness, And Status Questioning, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

Although the topic of travel and travel writing by Chinese and Japanese writers has recently begun to attract more interest among scholars in the West, it remains largely virgin terrain with vast tracts awaiting scholarly examination. This book offers insights into how East Asians traveled in the early modern and modern periods, what they looked for, what they felt comfortable finding, and the ways in which they wrote up their impressions of these experiences.


To Ise At All Costs: Religious And Economic Implications Of Early Modern Nukemairi, Laura Nenzi Dec 2005

To Ise At All Costs: Religious And Economic Implications Of Early Modern Nukemairi, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

If pilgrimages are ideal platforms for contention, nowhere more than in early modern nukemairi did tensions come to the fore so prominently, and contrasting interests clash so stridently. This article looks at Edo-period (1600-1868) unauthorized pilgrimages to highlight the inherent disjunctions between the interests of the individual and those of the community, and between the priorities of faith and the practical necessities of the economy. It also follows the evolution of nukemairi over time by looking at the repercussions that the fiscal reforms of the late eighteenth century had on the identification of travelers as "runaways."


Cultured Travelers And Consumer Tourists In Edo-Period Sagami, Laura Nenzi Dec 2003

Cultured Travelers And Consumer Tourists In Edo-Period Sagami, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

In the course of the Edo period (1600-1868) several cultured travelers visited Sagami Province to admire the landscapes they had known through the written word and to highlight the connections between the scenery and its historical and literary heritage. By the 19th century a different breed of visitors began making its way to Sagami: the consumer tourists. Rather than striving to recover the literary or historical precedents of a site, the consumer tourists appropriated them by means of quick monetary transactions; instead of savoring the decay of time, they preferred the glow of commercial facilities. The sites of Sagami adapted ...


Women’S Travel Narratives In Early Modern Japan: Genre Imperatives, Gender Consciousness And Status Questioning, Laura Nenzi Dec 2003

Women’S Travel Narratives In Early Modern Japan: Genre Imperatives, Gender Consciousness And Status Questioning, Laura Nenzi

Laura Nenzi

Special Issue: Traditions of East Asian Travel DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/146526004782487619


Journeys, Pilgrimages, Excursions: Religious Travels In The Early Modern Period, Laura Nenzi, Shinno Toshikazu Dec 2001

Journeys, Pilgrimages, Excursions: Religious Travels In The Early Modern Period, Laura Nenzi, Shinno Toshikazu

Laura Nenzi

This article explore some dimensions of Edo pilgrimage, including the nature of pilgrimage circuits, the organization of group pilgrimages under the auspices of confraternities, and the types of records left by those who embarked on these arduous but memorable journeys.