As is certainly true elsewhere in the world, the East Asian region has
its own traditions of travel and travel writing (Fogel 1996: 13–42;
Strassberg 1994). These date back many centuries and until relatively
recently continued to influence the ways in which men and women
actually travelled (how they moved from place to place, what itineraries
they followed, and the like) and the genres of travel writings that they
produced (prose, poetry and combinations of the two, e.g. Yosano 2001).
Tracing the origins and influences of these traditions as well as
understanding the impact exerted by Chinese traditions on those of Japan
and elsewhere in the region remain important scholarly desiderata.
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