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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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Bodies, Brothels, and Baths

Bodies, Brothels, and Baths

Travel and Physical Re-creation

(p.165) Chapter 7 Bodies, Brothels, and Baths
Excursions in Identity

Laura Nenzi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines various opportunities to come into contact with, touch, and be enveloped by a site and its icons, which became the focus of many travelers’ interaction with the spaces of travel and of their efforts to achieve re-creation. Mediated by commodification and popularized by commercialism, the transformative process that combined mobility and physicality was available at hot-spring resorts and in roadside brothels. The physical removal from the space of the ordinary helped travelers to let go of the imperatives that regulated their lives at home, while the regeneration of the body brought about by immersion in hot-spring waters and by impromptu sexual adventures amplified the sense of metamorphosis they felt as they crossed extraordinary, flexible spaces.

Keywords:   mobility, physicality, hot-spring resorts, brothels, body regeneration, sexual adventures, metamorphosis

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