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Terrence Jackson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824853587

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824853587.001.0001

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A National Network

A National Network

Travel and Correspondence

(p.99) Chapter Five A National Network
Network of Knowledge

Terrence Jackson

University of Hawai'i Press

Improved travel and postal infrastructures were two components leading to the development of proto-nationalism during this period, and impacted the activity of scholars. They allowed rangakusha to expand and maintain the network across Japan. Study trips (yūgaku) to Nagasaki, Edo, and other large cities became an essential component of rangaku training. This chapter examines Gentaku’s study trip to Nagasaki in the 1770s, a trip funded through the patronage of daimyo Kitsuki Masatsuna and during which he met important cultural figures such as Kimura Kenkadō and Koishi Genshun. His travel, like many other scholars and artists, was also aided by roadside patrons who hosted them in towns along their routes. The chapter also investigates Gentaku’s frequent correspondence with a former student named Nagasaki Kōsai in the 1810s and 20s in order to investigate the social significance of letter and gift exchange within the rangaku field.

Keywords:   yūgaku, Nagasaki patronage, Nagasaki Kōsai, Kimura Kenkadō, bunjin, Koishi Genshun, Kitsuki Masatsuna, correspondence, gift-giving

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