Трактовка сюжета «путешествие на острова» (сима ватари) в книге «Туман весеннего утра повсюду или Асахина» (Касуми-но кума хару Асахина, 1792)
The article analyzes the Japanese book “Mist of spring morning everywhere or Asahina” (Kasumi no kuma haru asahina) published in 1792. It is a work in the kibyōshi (yellow cover) genre, characterized by the inseparable connection between text and illustrations, and comic content. The author of the text is Santo Kyōden (1761–1816), and the artist is Kitao Shigemasa (1739–1820). The book uses the plot of “island- hopping” (shima watari) previously presented in several literary works. The plot involves the journey of a certain hero to the amazing islands outside of Japan, inhabited by strange people. Knowledge about such lands was taken from Chinese and Japanese geographical (pseudo- geographical) writings and reference books. The authors of Kasumi no kuma haru asahina “reverse” the well-known story, telling about the adventures of people from amazing islands in Japan. When constructing the plot, the authors use both references to existing legends about the inhabitants of extraordinary lands, and signs of modernity, such as, for example, the love of the reading public for the Kabuki theater and all kinds of the show (misemono). An analysis of the publication in the context of other literary texts using the plot of “islandhopping” makes it possible to conclude that in the entertainment literature of the Tokugawa era, the authors use a small established set of characters associated with fantastic lands.