The Coast in Japanese Literature

by Harvey A. Shapiro,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


As an island nation, Japan has a long coastline and is surrounded on all sides by the sea. These geographic characteristics have been reflected in many forms in Japanese culture. In this paper, some of Japans coastal literature, from ancient to modern, will be introduced. It is found to be an even richer and more continuous tradition than that nation's extensive ocean literature.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Islands | Shores | Seas and oceans | History | Japan | Asia

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