Publisher description for The journal of Socho / translated and annotated by H. Mack Horton.


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Counter The Journal of Socho is one of the most individual self-portraits in the literary history of medieval Japan. Its author, Saiokuken Socho (1448-1532), the pre-eminent linked-verse (renga) poet of his time, was an eyewitness to Japan's violent transition from the medieval to the early modern age. Written between 1522 and 1527 his journal provides a vivid portrayal of cultural life in the capital and in the provinces, with descriptions of battles and great warrior families, the dangers of travel through war-torn countryside, and the plight of the poor. The Journal of Socho is remarkable for its breadth and freshness of observation, whether of the activities of literary men and the affairs of great courtiers and daimyo or of the daily lives of local warriors and commoners. The variety of cultural detail is matched by the journal's wealth of prose genres: travel diary, eremetic writing, historical chronicle, conversation, and correspondence.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Socho, 1448-1532 Diaries, Poets, Japanese 1185-1600 Diaries