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After the focus of literary activity moved from the Kamigata area of Kyoto and Osaka to Edo around 1750, there was a particularly rapid increase in the number and variety of popular prose genres known ... However, readers in Japan and the Western world are now more familiar with the classics of the Heian period, No, and modern novelists than with popular Edo fiction. ... and carefully crafted pieces of comic satire rather than as capricious nonsense. ...doi:10.25911/5d723cbd46b1e fatcat:gzfj463dmjanljc4axz36tnlmq