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Cultured Travelers and Consumer Tourists in Edo-Period Sagami
Monumenta Nipponica (2004)
  • Laura Nenzi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
In the course of the Edo period (1600-1868) several cultured travelers visited Sagami Province to admire the landscapes they had known through the written word and to highlight the connections between the scenery and its historical and literary heritage. By the 19th century a different breed of visitors began making its way to Sagami: the consumer tourists. Rather than striving to recover the literary or historical precedents of a site, the consumer tourists appropriated them by means of quick monetary transactions; instead of savoring the decay of time, they preferred the glow of commercial facilities. The sites of Sagami adapted accordingly. This article looks at Sagami Province as a case study to explore the changing interaction between travelers and sites of travel in the course of the early modern period. It argues that the sites of the Sagami region metamorphosed, between the 17th and the 19th century, from spaces where literary heritage and the binary association between ‘past’ and ‘present’ sufficed to generate interest in each individual location to spaces endowed with multiple layers of meanings and tangible attractions to remain competitive in the market. They evolved, in other words, from ‘lyrical toponyms’ to ‘travel packages.’
Publication Date
Fall 2004
Citation Information
Laura Nenzi. "Cultured Travelers and Consumer Tourists in Edo-Period Sagami" Monumenta Nipponica Vol. 59 Iss. 3 (2004)
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