Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige (東海道中膝栗毛?), abbreviated as Hizakurige and known in translation as Shank’s Mare, is a picaresque comic novel (kokkei-bon) written by Jippensha Ikku (十返舎一九, 1765–1831), about the misadventures of two travelers on the Tōkaidō, the main road between Kyoto and Edo during the Edo Period. The book was published in twelve parts between 1802 and 1822. [W]

Dartmouth’s Rauner Library blog reports on their 60 page edition of Ikku’s work.

The whole of A shanks’ Mare tour of the Tōkaidō’ is online at Dartmouth College Library.

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