eBook Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns, 1st Edition

  • Constantine Nomikos Vaporis
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  • ISBN-10: 0313392013
  • ISBN-13: 9780313392016
  • DDC: 952.025
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 273 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released November 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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Based on fresh translations of historical documents, this volume offers a revealing look at Japan during the time of the Tokugawa shoguns from 1600–1868, focusing on the day-to-day lives of both the rich and powerful and ordinary citizens.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Evaluating and Interpreting Primary Documents.
Timeline of Japanese History from the Mid-Sixteenth Century through the Tokugawa Period, 1543–1868.
1: The Domestic Sphere.
2: Getting Married.
3: Obtaining a Divorce.
4: The Consequences of Adultery.
5: A Woman’s Place.
6: Material Life.
7: Regulating Fashion and Consumption.
8: Samurai Dress and Grooming Standards.
9: Lunisolar Calendar.
10: Japanese Foodways and Diet.
11: The Communal Bath.
12: The Japanese Home.
13: The Political Sphere.
14: A Foreigner’s View of the Battle of Osaka.
15: Forging Political Order.
16: The Emperor and the Kyoto Aristocracy.
17: Weapons Control in Japanese Society.
18: Self-Governance in Villages.
19: Regulating Townspeople in Two Cities.
20: Foreign Relations.
21: Regulating Foreign Relations.
22: Tokugawa Japan and Choson Korea.
23: Leaving a Window Open to the Western World.
24: A Dutch Audience with the Shogun.
25: Sizing up the Foreign Threat.
26: Social and Economic Life.
27: The Social Estates.
28: Trying to Get by on a Fixed Income.
29: The Samurai and Death.
30: Private Vengeance among Samurai.
31: Rules of Merchant Houses.
32: Dealing with Deviant Behavior.
33: Loans among the Peasantry.
34: Unrest in the Countryside.
35: Outcastes in Tokugawa Society.
36: Recreational Life.
37: Advice to Travelers in the Edo Period.
38: Documentation for Travel.
39: Children and Their Amusements.
40: The Tea Ceremony.
41: Archery and the Martial Arts.
42: Courtesans and the Sex Trade.
43: A Hero for the Masses.
44: Religion and Morality.
45: Preaching to the People.
46: Anti-Christian Propaganda.
47: Controlling the Populace.
48: Religious Views of the Japanese.
49: The Teachings of Zen Buddhism.
Appendix 1: Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in Text.
Appendix 2: Glossary of Term Smentioned in Text.
About the Author.