9780674081079-0674081072-Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan (Harvard East Asian Monographs)

Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan (Harvard East Asian Monographs)

ISBN-13: 9780674081079
ISBN-10: 0674081072
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Vaporis, Constantine Nomikos
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center
Format: Hardcover 402 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674081079
ISBN-10: 0674081072
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Vaporis, Constantine Nomikos
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center
Format: Hardcover 402 pages

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Acknowledged authors Vaporis, Constantine Nomikos wrote Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan (Harvard East Asian Monographs) comprising 402 pages back in 1995. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674081072 and 9780674081079. Since then Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan (Harvard East Asian Monographs) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Travel in Tokugawa Japan was officially controlled by bakufu and domainal authorities via an elaborate system of barriers, or sekisho, and travel permits; commoners, however, found ways to circumvent these barriers, frequently ignoring the laws designed to control their mobility. In this study, Constantine Vaporis challenges the notion that this system of travel regulations prevented widespread travel, maintaining instead that a “culture of movement” in Japan developed in the Tokugawa era.

Using a combination of governmental documentation and travel literature, diaries, and wood-block prints, Vaporis examines the development of travel as recreation; he discusses the impact of pilgrimage and the institutionalization of alms-giving on the freedom of movement commoners enjoyed. By the end of the Tokugawa era, the popular nature of travel and a sophisticated system of roads were well established. Vaporis explores the reluctance of the bakufu to enforce its travel laws, and in doing so, beautifully evokes the character of the journey through Tokugawa Japan.

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