The Daibosatsutoge Pass is located northeast of the Kofu Basin and is part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, which connects Yamanashi, Tokyo, and Saitama. During the Edo period, many people seemed to come and go as an important pass on the former Ome Kaido that connects Musashi and Kai provinces. The feature-length novel “Daibosatsu-toge” by Kaizan Nakazato (1885-1944) was especially famous, but few mountaineering enthusiasts know about its contents. It is a huge unfinished volume of 41 volumes serialized in Miyako Shimbun (1942, merged with Kokumin Shimbun to become Tokyo Shimbun), Mainichi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, etc. from 1913 to 1941. Beginning with an absurd murder without a newspaper, in the late Edo period, a large number of people, centered on the blind samurai Ryunosuke TSUKUE, appeared, and an endless story was unfolded, but Kyoka Izumi and Junichiro Tanizaki highly evaluated it. It became a best seller in the mid-1920s.

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