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Essay on Oku no Hosomichi and Tosa Nikki, Reflection Of Their Time Period

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Tosa Nikki is a journal likely written by Ki no Tsurayuki at the calendar year 936 throughout the Heian period. Oku no Hosomichi is a diary written by Matsuo Bashō through the late 17th century. These two diaries have numerous similarities and differences that stem from the various time periods they were written in, as well as the difference between styles of their writers. The poetry in the 2 diaries have vast differences yet they reflect the time frame very well. Tosa Nikki has several aspects that distinguish it from several other Japanese diaries. To begin with, Tosa Nikki has particular dates, with no years due to the fact that they do not matter, that show it was being retained as a log. This breaks up the diary and in certain way, gives it the sense of studying a government document. The day to day logging from the journal in some regions seems more of a chore than a longing to write. By way of example, one excerpt reads, "Tenth day: Today we stay at this haven of Naha." Since this is the extent of what is written, it gives me the feeling that a part of writing the diary was an obligation. Aside from the day to day logging, the style of Tosa Nikki was very Heian. The poetry during this journal is written very eloquently, sticking to the style of this period of time. The transitions involving the diary logs and the poetry are so perfect that it almost surely is fabricated. For a journal that began very meticulously, striking descriptions of the journeys later on directed it to read more like a fantastical story. This was most apparent to me throughout the description of the rough seas in the fifth day. After tossing paper symbols to the ocean to calm the waves and wind, the end just grew stronger. But after tossing in the master's mirror, then the God Sumiyoshi was pl...

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