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

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Author: Penelope Shino, Massey University, New Zealand
Email: p.a.shino@massey.ac.nz
Published: August 2012
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijah.1.1.02

Citation: Shino, P. (2012). Exploring Nagusamegusa (1418): The Semiotics of Encounter and Exchange for a Poet-Traveller in Muromachi Japan. IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijah.1.1.02


Abstract

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.

Keywords

travelogue, Shōtetsu, Nagusamegusa, encounter