Sh  gun Book
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Sh gun

  • Author : James Clavell
  • Publisher : Corgi Yearling Book
  • File Size : 15,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 1975
  • Genre: Adventure stories
  • Pages : 1218
  • ISBN 10 : 0440178002


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A ship-wrecked English navigator becomes a samurai in feudal Japan.

The Shogun s Daughter Book
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The Shogun s Daughter

  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • File Size : 16,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2013-09-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250028624


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Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed, attended by her nurse. Smallpox pustules cover her face. Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old woman watching from the doorway says, "Who's going to tell the Shogun his daughter is dead?" The death of the Shogun's daughter has immediate consequences on his regime. There will be no grandchild to leave the kingdom. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun's favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro. Sano doubts that Yoshisato is really the Shogun's son, believing it's more likely a power-play by Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime's death may have been a murder, he sets off on a dangerous investigation that leads to more death and destruction as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time, they may not survive the day. Laura Joh Rowland's thrilling series set in Feudal Japan is as gripping and entertaining as ever.

Ooku  the Secret World of the Shogun s Women   Book

Ooku the Secret World of the Shogun s Women

  • Author : Cecilia Segawa Seigle
  • Publisher : Cambria Press
  • File Size : 15,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2014-03-28
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN 10 : 9781604978728


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"One of the least understood and often maligned aspects of the Tokugawa Shogunate is the Ooku, or 'Great Interior,' the institution within the shogun's palace, administered by and for the upper-class shogunal women and their attendants who resided there. Long the object of titillation and a favorite subject for off-the-wall fantasy in historical TV and film dramas, the actual daily life, practices, cultural roles, and ultimate missions of these women have remained largely in the dark, except for occasional explosions of scandal. In crystal-clear prose that is a pleasure to read, this new book, however, presents the Ooku in a whole new down-to-earth, practical light. After many years of perusing unexamined Ooku documents generated by these women and their associates, the authors have provided not only an overview of the fifteen generations of Shoguns whose lives were lived in residence with this institution, but how shoguns interacted differently with it. Much like recent research on imperial convents, they find not a huddled herd of oppressed women, but on the contrary, women highly motivated to the preservation of their own particular cultural institution. Most important, they have been able to identify "the culture of secrecy" within the Ooku itself to be an important mechanism for preserving the highest value, 'loyalty,' that essential value to their overall self-interested mission dedicated to the survival of the Shogunate itself." - Barbara Ruch, Columbia University "The aura of power and prestige of the institution known as the ooku-the complex network of women related to the shogun and their living quarters deep within Edo castle-has been a popular subject of Japanese television dramas and movies. Brushing aside myths and fallacies that have long obscured our understanding, this thoroughly researched book provides an intimate look at the lives of the elite female residents of the shogun's elaborate compound. Drawing information from contemporary diaries and o

A Shogun s Guide Book

A Shogun s Guide

  • Author : Catherine Chambers
  • Publisher : Hungry Tomato (R)
  • File Size : 8,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Japan
  • Pages : 36
  • ISBN 10 : 9781512430745


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"From being a successful warrior to making your own rules, this book will show you how to become a shogun and what to do--no matter how fiendish--to keep the position"--Provided by publisher.

The Shogun s Daughter Book

The Shogun s Daughter

  • Author : Robert Ames Bennet
  • Publisher : A. C. McCLURG & CO.
  • File Size : 9,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2015-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx


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Example in this ebook CHAPTER I—Eastern Seas My first cruise as a midshipman in the navy of the United States began a short month too late for me to share in the honors of the Mexican War. In other words, I came in at the foot of the service, with all the grades above me fresh-stocked with comparatively young and vigorous officers. As a consequence, the rate of promotion was so slow that the Summer of 1851 found me, at the age of twenty-four, still a middie, with my lieutenancy ever receding, like a will-o’-the-wisp, into the future. Had I chosen a naval career through necessity, I might have continued to endure. But to the equal though younger heir of one of the largest plantations in South Carolina, the pay of even a post captain would have been of small concern. It is, therefore, hardly necessary to add that I had been lured into the service by the hope of winning fame and glory. That my choice should have fallen upon the navy rather than the army may have been due to the impulse of heredity. According to family traditions and records, one of my ancestors was the famous English seaman Will Adams, who served Queen Elizabeth in the glorious fight against the Spanish Armada and afterwards piloted a Dutch ship through the dangerous Straits of Magellan and across the vast unchartered expanse of the Pacific to the mysterious island empire, then known as Cipango or Zipangu. History itself verifies that wonderful voyage and the still more wonderful fact of my ancestor’s life among the Japanese as one of the nobles and chief counsellors of the great Emperor Iyeyasu. So highly was the advice of the bold Englishman esteemed by the Emperor that he was never permitted to return home. For many years he dwelt honorably among that most peculiar of Oriental peoples, aiding freely the few English and Dutch who ventured into the remote Eastern seas. He had aided even the fanatical Portuguese and Spaniards, who, upon his arrival, had sought to have him and his handful of sick

Shogun s Painted Culture Book

Shogun s Painted Culture

  • Author : Timon Screech
  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • File Size : 14,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2000-08-01
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781861896889


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In this penetrating analysis of a little-explored area of Japanese cultural history, Timon Screech reassesses the career of the chief minister Matsudaira Sadanobu, who played a key role in defining what we think of as Japanese culture today. Aware of how visual representations could support or undermine regimes, Sadanobu promoted painting to advance his own political aims and improve the shogunate's image. As an antidote to the hedonistic ukiyo-e, or floating world, tradition, which he opposed, Sadanobu supported attempts to construct a new approach to painting modern life. At the same time, he sought to revive historical and literary painting, favouring such artists as the flamboyant, innovative Maruyama Okyo. After the city of Kyoto was destroyed by fire in 1788, its reconstruction provided the stage for the renewal of Japan's iconography of power, the consummation of the 'shogun's painted culture'. “Screech’s ideas are fascinating, often brilliant, and well grounded. . . . [Shogun’s Painted Culture] presents a thorough analysis of aspects of the early modern Japanese world rarely observed in such detail and never before treated to such an eloquent handling in the English language.”—CAA Reviews “[A] stylishly written and provocative cultural history.”—Monumenta Nipponica “As in his admirable Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820, Screech lavishes learning and scholarly precision, but remains colloquial in thought and eminently readable.”—Japan Times Timon Screech is Senior Lecturer in the history of Japanese art at SOAS, University of London, and Senior Research Associate at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. He is the author of several books on Japanese history and culture, including Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700–1820 (Reaktion, 1999).

Stranger in the Shogun s City Book
Score: 4.5
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Stranger in the Shogun s City

  • Author : Amy Stanley
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • File Size : 19,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2020-07-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501188541


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*Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography* *Winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award* *Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography* A “captivating” (The Washington Post) work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo—the city that would become Tokyo—and a portrait of a city on the brink of a momentous encounter with the West. The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a traditional life much like her mother’s. But after three divorces—and a temperament much too strong-willed for her family’s approval—she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak. With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just prior to the arrival of American Commodore Perry’s fleet, which transformed Japan. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai, and eventually enters the service of a famous city magistrate. Tsuneno’s life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture—and a rare view of an extraordinary woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, in defiance of social conventions. “A compelling story, traced with meticulous detail and told with exquisite sympathy” (The Wall Street Journal), Stranger in the Shogun’s City is “a vivid, polyphonic portrait of life in 19th-century Japan [that] evokes the Shogun era with panache and insight” (National Review of Books).

The Company and the Shogun Book

The Company and the Shogun

  • Author : Adam Clulow
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • File Size : 20,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2014-01-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231164283


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The Dutch East India Company was a unique, hybrid organization acting as both company and state, aggressively intervening in Asian political matters in which it had no place. This study focuses on the company’s clashes with Tokugawa Japan in the seventeenth century, particularly in the areas of diplomacy, sovereignty, and violence. In each encounter, the Dutch were forced to abandon claims to sovereign powers and refashion themselves—from subjects of a fictive king to loyal vassals of the shogun, from aggressive pirates to meek merchants, and from insistent defenders of colonial rule to legal subjects of the Tokugawa state. The first book to treat the Dutch East India Company as more than a commercial enterprise, this text offers unprecedented perspective on one of the most important, long-lasting unions between an Asian state and a European overseas enterprise and the surprisingly limited influence of Europeans operating in early-modern Asia.

Summary of Amy Stanley s Stranger in the Shogun s City Book

Summary of Amy Stanley s Stranger in the Shogun s City

  • Author : Everest Media,
  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • File Size : 7,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2022-03-27T22:59:00Z
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781669369950


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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The baby girl, Tsuneno, was born in 1804. She had everything she needed for the first few months of her life. Her family had old clothes and rags to piece together for diapers, so she could be changed whenever she was wet. #2 Tsuneno’s family were investors and planners. They had to be, since even substantial fortunes could be lost quickly through bad harvests and mismanagement. But they also spent money freely on the small things of everyday life. #3 In the house of Tsuneno, which was attached to the temple, some of those everyday things were funded by donations from parishioners. The True Pure Land sect’s scholars taught that raising a child to become a priest or priest’s wife was a gift to the Buddha equal to all the treasures that fill three thousand worlds. #4 Echigo was a region in Japan that was known for its harsh winters. But at least everyone knew what to expect. It would be freezing from equinox to equinox, and sometimes farmers would need to shovel out the fields so that they could plant their rice seedlings.

The Making of James Clavell s Sh  gun Book

The Making of James Clavell s Sh gun

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • File Size : 15,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 1980
  • Genre: Shōgun (Television program)
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 0440557097


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The Maker of Modern Japan Book

The Maker of Modern Japan

  • Author : A L Sadler
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • File Size : 5,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2014-04-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136924699


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Tokugawa Ieyasu founded a dynasty of rulers, organized a system of government and set in train the re-orientation of the religion of Japan so that he would take the premier place in it. Calm, capable and entirely fearless, Ieyasu deliberately brought the opposition to a head and crushed in a decisive battle, after which he made himself Shogun, despite not being from the Minamoto clan. He organized the Japanese legal and educational systems and encouraged trade with Europe (playing off the Protestant powers of Holland and England against Catholic Spain and Portugal). This book remains one of the few volumes on Tokugawa Ieyasu which draws on more material from Japanese sources than quotations from the European documents from his era and is therefore much more accurate and thorough in its examination of the life and legacy of one of the greatest Shoguns.

The Dog Shogun Book

The Dog Shogun

  • Author : Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • File Size : 15,8 Mb
  • Release Date : 2006-04-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN 10 : 9780824830304


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Tsunayoshi (1646–1709), the fifth Tokugawa shogun, is one of the most notorious figures in Japanese history. Viewed by many as a tyrant, his policies were deemed eccentric, extreme, and unorthodox. His Laws of Compassion, which made the maltreatment of dogs an offense punishable by death, earned him the nickname Dog Shogun, by which he is still popularly known today. However, Tsunayoshi’s rule coincides with the famed Genroku era, a period of unprecedented cultural growth and prosperity that Japan would not experience again until the mid-twentieth century. It was under Tsunayoshi that for the first time in Japanese history considerable numbers of ordinary townspeople were in a financial position to acquire an education and enjoy many of the amusements previously reserved for the ruling elite. Based on a masterful re-examination of primary sources, this exciting new work by a senior scholar of the Tokugawa period maintains that Tsunayoshi’s notoriety stems largely from the work of samurai historians and officials who saw their privileges challenged by a ruler sympathetic to commoners. Beatrice Bodart-Bailey’s insightful analysis of Tsunayoshi’s background sheds new light on his personality and the policies associated with his shogunate. Tsunayoshi was the fourth son of Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604–1651) and left largely in the care of his mother, the daughter of a greengrocer. Under her influence, Bodart-Bailey argues, the future ruler rebelled against the values of his class. As evidence she cites the fact that, as shogun, Tsunayoshi not only decreed the registration of dogs, which were kept in large numbers by samurai and posed a threat to the populace, but also the registration of pregnant women and young children to prevent infanticide. He decreed, moreover, that officials take on the onerous tasks of finding homes for abandoned children and caring for sick travelers. In the eyes of his detractors, Tsunayoshi’s interest in Confucian and Buddhist studies a

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun Book
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Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun

  • Author : Rhoda Blumberg
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • File Size : 13,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061971693


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In 1853, few Japanese people knew that a country called America even existed. For centuries, Japan had isolated itself from the outside world by refusing to trade with other countries and even refusing to help shipwrecked sailors, foreign or Japanese. The country's people still lived under a feudal system like that of Europe in the Middle Ages. But everything began to change when American Commodore Perry and his troops sailed to the Land of the Rising Sun, bringing with them new science and technology, and a new way of life.

Tokyo Before Tokyo Book

Tokyo Before Tokyo

  • Author : Timon Screech
  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • File Size : 19,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789142709


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Tokyo today is one of the world’s mega-cities and the center of a scintillating, hyper-modern culture—but not everyone is aware of its past. Founded in 1590 as the seat of the warlord Tokugawa family, Tokyo, then called Edo, was the locus of Japanese trade, economics, and urban civilization until 1868, when it mutated into Tokyo and became Japan’s modern capital. This beautifully illustrated book presents important sites and features from the rich history of Edo, taken from contemporary sources such as diaries, guidebooks, and woodblock prints. These include the huge bridge on which the city was centered; the vast castle of the Shogun; sumptuous Buddhist temples, bars, kabuki theaters, and Yoshiwara—the famous red-light district.

American Shogun Book

American Shogun

  • Author : Robert Harvey
  • Publisher : John Murray
  • File Size : 17,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2007-03-22
  • Genre: Japan
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 0719564999


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From the mid-nineteenth century on, America and Japan were caught in an extraordinary political, military and economic duel. This clash was characterised by a cultural incompatibility that was to haunt the negotiations of their two leaders, Emperor Hirohito and General MacArthur. Hirohito was a remarkable man. Diffident, uncharismatic and apparently obtuse, he survived as god-ruler of Japan for six decades through internal strife, war, defeat, occupation and economic victory. But Hirohito met his equal in MacArthur. Brash and domineering, MacArthur merited the honorary Japanese epithet shogun or 'army leader' for his almost single-handed six year rule over Japan. In this absorbing dual biography Robert Harvey traces their tense and complex relationship. His broad scope encompasses two great nations in war and peace - a momentous period of history which provides illuminating insight into American actions across the world today.