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A brief overview of medicine culture described in Ukiyozoushi

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (78), pp.169-185
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..78.201808.169
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : June 18, 2018
  • Accepted : August 3, 2018
  • Published : August 31, 2018

KOH YOUNG RAN 1

1전북대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study focused on the medicine culture described in Ukiyozoushi, the public literature of the Edo era. The works of Ihara Saikaku and his followers, in particular, describe the medicine culture of the time, indicating that the medicine culture of the late 17th century through the 18th century was understood and shared as public culture in Japan. Thus, the authors describe such medicine culture in the form of chōnin (町人) anecdotes. First, many names of medicines, medical instruments, and pharmacies are described in Ukiyozoushi works. Furthermore, some literary rhetoric of medicine on chōnin daily life and management is included, also. We can therefore understand how medicine culture in those days spread in chōnin daily life. Second, medicine culture, as described in the Ukiyozoushi was related to love affairs, long life, and money, indicating that these aspects were at the core of chōnin interests at the time and tended to affect public literature of the late Edo era.

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