Sokendai Review of Cultural and Social Studies


A biographical investigation of
Tonami no Imamichi


(The Graduate University for Advanced Studies,
School of Cultural and Social Studies, Department of Japanese Literature)

Key words:

Tonami no Imamichi(Tsuji Tanpu), Ueda Akinari, Kato Umaki, Takebe Ayatari, Mootori Ohira, the cultural history of the Edo period in the Kyoto-Osaka area, the cultural history of the Edo period in the Ecchyu area, the biographical investigation.

The purpose of this paper is the biographical investigation of Tonami no Imamichi(1722-1805), lived in mid-Edo period as a literary person and a Japanese lacquer artist. To draw his biography, this paper adopts a chronological investigation.

The previous research has almost only cleared that he is one of Ueda Akinari’s friends, and his few works. So ,this paper aimed to research his whole active: Haiku poetry, Chinese poetry, Japanese poetry, classic research, phonemenology, Japanese lacquer works ,and so on.

Firstly, I introduced newly discovered material “Ikadai jinemon kyuki” . It reports that Imamichi’s date and place of birth, and youth days.

Secondly, I placed him in cultural history of the Edo period in the Kyoto-Osaka area, through the researching of his works, literary acquaintance, and school.

Thirdly, I researched his Japanese lacquer works to make complete lists of his products: portable shinnies in Takaoka city and surrounding areas and etc. In addiction, I rearranged problem: how should be identified his lacquer works. And I did examination of the relationship between his lacquer and literary works.

Fourthly, I pointed out possibility that he had an influence on literary circles in Takaoka.

From these examination, I placed his lacquer and literary works on the cultural and lacquerware history in Edo period.