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Excursions in IdentityTravel and the Intersection of Place, Gender, and Status in Edo Japan$
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Laura Nenzi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831172

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831172.001.0001

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Maps, Movements, and the Malleable Spaces of Edo Japan

Maps, Movements, and the Malleable Spaces of Edo Japan

(p.13) Chapter 1 Maps, Movements, and the Malleable Spaces of Edo Japan
Excursions in Identity

Laura Nenzi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how spaces of travel could be continually reconceptualized across interpretive frames. The Tokugawa’s conceptual organization of the territory never completely succeeded in permeating travel practices, largely because the logic of officialdom was never able to overcome the variety of individual spatial constructions that coexisted with it and that generated multiple, malleable spaces of travel. An array of different parameters, including considerations based on sacredness, historical prestige, and cultural excellence, helped craft such individual hierarchies. Moreover, government cartographers (ezukata) and artists as well as wandering monks and poets mapped specific areas of interest, read and rewrote space, outlined boundaries, and prioritized different elements of the travelscape. This added different nuances and layers of meaning, making Edo space a disputable entity.

Keywords:   travel, Tokugawa, territory, officialdom, government cartographers, ezukata, travelscape, Edo space

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