Journal of Japanese Studies 32:2 (2006) a fresh narrative that will appeal to a broad audience for its vivid depiction of the childhood, crime, testimony, incarceration, and release of a celebrated criminal in Japan. Musashino in Tuscany: Japanese Overseas Travel Literature, 1860 1912. By Susanna Fessler. Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004. xii, 297 pages. $65.00. Reviewed by JOSHUA A. FOGEL York University Greeting the New Year as a guest abroad is quite strange I do not know these barbarians whom I face I drank up a bottle of champagne Yet the song I sang was an old tune of Tokyo. Narushima Ryuhoku, Kosai nichijo (as translated in Fessler, p. 114) ¯ ¯ ¯ Recent years have witnessed increased scholarly attention by both literature and history specialists to the subject of travel and travel writing. Scholars of literature have pioneered in this field, but in their wake historians have shown greater interest and brought their own arsenal of concerns to bear on the voluminous body of Japanese travelogues. Susanna Fessler's new book thus finds a niche and makes an important contribution of its own. One can now teach a course on Japanese travel writing--
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jul 13, 2006
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