A Bibliographical Study of “yakujun showa”(訳準笑話)

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  • 『訳準笑話』の書誌と諸本
  • 『 ヤク ジュンショウワ 』 ノ ショシ ト ショホン

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It is suggested that in the Edo period, collections of humorous stories written in Chinese characters (kanbun) were used not only as reading materials, but also for the purpose of learning Chinese vocabulary.   In order to provide support for this idea, this paper examines the extent to which the type of kanbun writing known as “yakujun showa”(訳準笑話:)were read.  The results of our bibliographical survey show that in the 50―year period from 1824 in the Edo period extending into the Meiji period there were a least 11 publications made of this type of writing. However, this assumption is based on the number of printing blocks.  Since there are uncertain points regarding changes of publishers and information written inside the book covers, there is need for further research.


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