Exploring Nagusamegusa (1418): The Semiotics of Encounter and Exchange for a Poet-Traveller in Muromachi Japan

IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities. 2012;1(1):23-37 DOI 10.22492/ijah.1.1.02


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Journal Title: IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities

ISSN: 2187-0616 (Online)

Publisher:  The International Academic Forum

LCC Subject Category: Fine Arts: Arts in general | General Works: History of scholarship and learning. The humanities

Country of publisher: Japan

Language of fulltext: English

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Penelope Shino (Massey University, New Zealand)


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Abstract | Full Text

The paper applies the LibrAsia2012 conference theme of "exchanges and encounters" to a fifteenth-century Japanese travelogue, Nagusamegusa ("Grasses of Consolation", 1418), by the influential poet and Zen priest Shōtetsu (1381–1459). On a number of levels we can find in this work a great richness and diversity of exchanges and encounters; here the paper examines two types of encounters for their encoded significance in historical, social and cultural terms.