Review Section major contribution to our understanding of religiosity in the early modern era. Like his first book, Prayer and Play in Late Tokugawa Japan: Asakusa Sensoji and Edo Society, it is well researched and well constructed, and it ¯ offers readers complex arguments and sophisticated analyses. Like all leading historians, Hur advances questions and interpretations that will spark further debate, and we can look forward to his future publications. Pilgrimages and Spiritual Quests in Japan. Edited by Maria Rodríguez del Alisal, Peter Ackermann, and Dolores P. Martinez. Routledge, London, 2007. xxi, 184 pages. $150.00. Reviewed by Bardwell Smith Emeritus, Carleton College While the title of this volume is accurate, it cannot suggest the wealth of material and breadth of scope represented in its 16 essays. Books on pilgrimage typically provide readers with theories about pilgrimage; historical, social, and cultural dimensions of this phenomenon; and often personal accounts of different sorts of pilgrims or seekers. Materials of that kind are important features of some chapters in this collection, such as Nathalie Kouamé's essay on the daily life of the Shikoku henro (or pilgrim) in Edo Japan, Sachiko Usui's informative piece on the possible role of the Kegon sutra
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jan 15, 2009
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