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With the opening of Japan to the West in the mid-1850s, a new destination became accessible to travellers. Initially, few women travelled to Japan, but from the 1860s the lure of this 'new' country attracted increasing numbers of women travellers. In this chapter, the author focuses on the writing of those women whom he have classified as travellers-by-intent - women who focused on Japan as a place to tour for pleasure, to seek adventures, or to embrace the educative nature of the travel experience. There are two aspects of Anna D'Almeida's narrative. The first is the manner in which her narrative is shaped by the limited access which foreigners had to travelling in Japan, and the second, concomitant with these limitations, is how the Japanese responded to the relatively new presence of Westerners in a political climate which was moving towards the official policy of joi - 'repel the barbarian'.

Keywords: Anna D'Almeida's narrative; Japan; political climate; women travellers



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