The Tōkaidō Road: Traveling and Representation in Edo and Meiji Japan
Psychology Press, 2004 - 270 pages
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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