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Lushchenko Alexey. Japanese Guides to Epistolary Writing: Five Manuals of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries [Японские письмовники: 5 пособий конца XIX – начала XX вв.] / A.Yu. Lushchenko; Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. — Saint Petersburg: Art-Express, 2023. — 580 p., ill. ISBN 978-5-4391-0878-7


This reader of handwritten Japanese letters consists of five Japanese letter-writing manuals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It provides materials for reading Japanese cursive handwriting and letters written in the traditional epistolary style (sōrōbun) that was widely used in Japan in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century. This book contains facsimiles of cursive texts, transliterations, full translations of all texts into Russian, and lexical commentaries. Model letters in these manuals for men and women illustrate typical epistolary vocabulary and style, and also give a glimpse of the Japanese lifestyle of that period.

The reader is aimed at scholars of Japan who work with handwritten Japanese texts of the 19th–20th centuries, advanced Asian Studies students, and everyone interested in Japanese language and East Asian calligraphy.

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epistolary style
Japanese calligraphy
Japanese language
Meiji period
sōrōbun

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