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Date estimated. (Shrine Pilgrimages). Illustrated manuscript on paper entitled on upper wrapper “Gosenban ezu” [“Ceremonial Processions of Dignitaries Illustrated”] signed by “San Shintaro,” secretary to the shogun, on the upper wrapper, with 34 vividly hand-colored illustrations. 21 leaves including wrappers, stitched as issued (On double leaves, traditional East Asian binding style (fukurotoji)). 8vo (280 x 205 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers a little soiled, minor worming in upper margins). [Japan]: first half of the 18th century. This finely illustrated manuscript was compiled to record the ritualized visitations or pilgrimages to shrines and other notable sites by the shogun and his entourage. The pilgrimages were required for shoguns to honor the burial sites of ancestors. The following shrines, temples, mausoleums, or palaces are depicted: 1. Nikko area: Daitokuin and Momijiyama. 2. Edo area: Daiyuin, Genyuin, Jokenin, Bunshoin, Joenin, Keishoin, Seiyoin, Hamagoten (or Hamarikyu), Shintokuin, Gokokuji, Asakusa kannondo, Sanno goshinzen, Nezu goshinzen, Gojiin, and Zojoji. For each of these sites, a vividly colored layout of each compound is given. The notes relate to the names of the festivals or rituals with their annual dates, procession routes, names of participants, and their proper positions in the procession and ritual. Many of these sites were destroyed in the second World War. On the penultimate leaf, the names of four advisors to the shogun are given: Kuroda Danjo, Soma Danjo, Toda Genshichiro, Matsudaira Samon. (description by Yoshi Hill).
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