Writings of the Literati
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This exhibition will feature surviving examples of writings by Edo period literati.
The term literati here refers to persons who were active in putting into writing and publishing their observations, while engaged in various capacities as Confucianist scholars attempting to apply their learning to actual politics and society through their involvement in the administration of Japan’s feudal government or domains; the teaching of younger generations in places of learning and domain schools; and the opening of private schools and training of apprentices in the civilian sector. Meanwhile, in their leisure time or following their retirement from these positions, they would find pleasure in the world of shishoga, or poetry, calligraphy, and painting, with diverse examples of these works surviving. At the exhibition, we hope to have you savor these writings as works of art, while delving into the minds of the literati as found in their written works.
In addition, while they lie somewhat outside the definition of literati, we would also like you to take the time to consider the works of monks and literary scholars who produced similar creations.
The main exhibition materials include those by Hayashi Razan, Gensei, Kaibara Ekiken, Gion Nankai, Yanagisawa Kien, Kamei Nanmei, Ota Nanpo, Ryokan, Rai Sanyo, Koga Doan, Oshio Chusai (Heihachiro), and Hara Saihin.