In 1893, a young writer named Tokutomi Kenjiro¯ (pen name Roka,
1868–1927) set off from Tokyo on a few days’ journey to the Ryo¯mo¯
region in the western mountains of central Japan. This in itself was
unremarkable, as countless others had made similar journeys before.
What was noteworthy was the travelogue he produced as a result of this
trip. A fascinating mix of tradition and modernity, this travelogue shows
us how travel writing in Japan metamorphosed during the late nineteenth
century into a unique subgenre that incorporated both Japanese and