Illustrated Gazetteer for Pilgrims, Edo period Japan
This work, entitled 'Kareki hana sakusha no seigan' and printed in 1791, is an example of the genre of popular fiction known in Japanese as 'kibyoshi' (yellow-cover books) which flourished in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and were often based on adaptations of Buddhist themes. These novels were aimed at a mass market and were woodblock-printed in large large numbers. This example is illustrated by the renowned 'ukiyo-e' artist Toyokuni.
Find out more about this manuscript and other sacred texts in Expressions of Faith.