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Information activities of early modern Japanese intellectuals and Distribution of information related to Chosen

Jieun Her 1

1서강대학교

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ABSTRACT

Modern Japan is expressed in the era of ‘Sakoku(鎖國)’. The Edo Shogunate restricted external counters to Tsushima han(對馬藩), Satsuma han(薩摩 藩), Matsumae han(松前藩), and Nagasaki(長崎) and was willing to manage information. However, foreign information was circulated and influenced by intellectuals at the time, regardless of the will of the Edo shogunate. Among them, in the case of information related to Joseon(朝鮮), how did intellectuals in the Edo era get information related to Joseon, what was it, and how was it distributed? Hayashi Hoko(林鳳岡), who is a member of the Edo Shogunate and is the best intellectual of the time, directly requested information on Joseon from Amenomori Hoshu(雨森芳洲), a member of the Tsushima han, known as the Joseon expert. Meanwhile, Kawaguchi Seisai(河口静斎), who was a general intellectual in Japan at the time, obtained information about Joseon through his personal relationships, including his teacher Muro Kyuso(室鳩巢). The information he obtained was circulated to the Daimyo(大名) Nabeshima Naosato(鍋島直鄕) of the Hizen(肥前) Kashima(鹿島) Domain whom he had exchanged with at the time, and to Shimomura Nagamitsuru(霜邨長盈), who was related to him. Information related to Joseon was later included in 『Byeongpilrok(秉筆錄)』 edited by Nagashima Shimomura, and along with information on Japanese and Chinese studies, the Netherlands, and the Ryukyus, and affected other intellectuals as well.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.