A unique trip to traditional Japan
The Edo period or Tokugawa period (1603-1868) was a time of relative internal peace, political stability and economic growth in Japan. The EU-funded TOKUGAWATRAVEL project will review the cultural and social meanings of travel in the context of Tokugawa 'absolutism'. In fact, the project will assess how travel tends to be interconnected with text. Travel guides and maps will be analysed to investigate whether travel within Japan came to subvert the geographical and social immobility that characterised the Tokugawa administrative system. Another aspect of the project is to review the relationship between travel and the formation of national identity. It will consider whether the ideological transformation connected with travel served as a 'proto-national' identification.