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Walking the Kiso Road : a modern-day exploration of old Japan

Author: William Scott Wilson
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Step back into old Japan in this fascinating travelogue of the famous Kiso Road, an ancient route used by samurai and warlords, which remains much the same today as it did hundreds of years ago. Travel with William Scott Wilson, esteemed translator of samurai philosophy, along Japan's famous Kiso Road (Kisoji in Japanese), an ancient and historic route that runs from north to south through the Kiso Valley in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wilson, William Scott, 1944-
Walking the Kiso Road.
(DLC) 2015000280
(OCoLC)900594130
Named Person: William Scott Wilson; William Scott Wilson
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Scott Wilson
ISBN: 9780834803176 0834803178
OCLC Number: 927412688
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 239 pages)
Responsibility: William Scott Wilson.
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"Step back into old Japan in this fascinating travelogue of the famous Kiso Road, an ancient route used by samurai and warlords, which remains much the same today as it did hundreds of years ago. Travel with William Scott Wilson, esteemed translator of samurai philosophy, along Japan's famous Kiso Road (Kisoji in Japanese), an ancient and historic route that runs from north to south through the Kiso Valley in the Japanese Alps. The road was officially established in 1602, but ancient records show that it has been in use since at least 701, probably by merchants and hunters. In the seventeenth century, the road was a route for the daimyo (warlords) to travel on their biennial trips--along with their samurai and porters--to the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo). The natural beauty of the route is renowned--and famously inspired a series of woodblock prints by the artist Hiroshige. Walking the Kiso Road is a window into old Japan, and Wilson shares its rich history and lore, literary and artistic significance, cuisine and architecture. Wilson is a delightful and expert guide. His storytelling ability; vast knowledge of Japanese history, literature, and culture; and warm and readable writing style make this a book that will be treasured as much by armchair travelers as by tourists"--

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