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Tamakatsuma
(Motoori Norinaga)
A collection of essays by Moto'ori Norinaga in fourteen volumes with one table of contents, fifteen sections total. The essays were begun in 1792, and these were published in five stages, with three volumes published each time, starting from 1795 till several years after his death in 1812. It is a typical example from the early modern era of writing in an archaic style. The topics of each section are thoughts that struck the author's fancy at the time and felt he should write down. These were collected in a bamboo basket (katsuma). However, the author originally had intended to publish these from the beginning, and it can be said that these essays provide a window into Norinaga's interests as he was nearing the completion of Kojikiden. The contents of these essays are varied and sundry, dealing with quotes from ancient records, providing evidence for various things, vulgar words and dialects, gazetteers, investigations into shrines, a profile of the author, criticism against Chinese ideas, and glimpses into his own scholarship. It is contained in Volume One of Motoori Norinaga zenshū (Chikuma Shobō, 1968), and the volume on Moto'ori Norinaga in Nihon shisō taikei (Iwanami Shoten, 1978).

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