Shōgun

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Shōgun by James Clavell Summary

After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen—Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom. As internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, Blackthorne’s loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion and loss, and he is torn between two worlds that will each be forever changed. Powerful and engrossing, capturing both the rich pageantry and stark realities of life in feudal Japan, Shōgun is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of a book. Heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action melds seamlessly with intricate historical detail and raw human emotion. Endlessly compelling, this sweeping saga captivated the world to become not only one of the best-selling novels of all time but also one of the highest-rated television miniseries, as well as inspiring a nationwide surge of interest in the culture of Japan. Shakespearean in both scope and depth, Shōgun is, as the New York Times put it, “...not only something you read—you live it.” Provocative, absorbing, and endlessly fascinating, there is only one: Shōgun.

Shogun a Novel of Japan

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Shōgun: The Epic Novel of Japan

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After John Blackthorne shipwrecks in Japan, he makes himself useful to a feudal lord in a power struggle with another and becomes a samurai.

The Court Journey to the Shōgun of Japan

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The Court Journey to the Shōgun of Japan by F. R. Effert,Matthi Forrer Summary

The Dutch Director or "Opperhoofd" of Deshima was required to make an annual journey to the shogun "s court in Edo (present-day Tokyo). Opperhoofd Jan Cock Blomhoff (1779-1853) made his first journey to Edo in 1818. In addition to the official diary he kept during this journey, Blomhoff also maintained correspondence with his wife Titia in Holland. This hitherto unpublished material is a major source of knowledge on Tokugawa Japan. It offers details about Blomhoff's travels and contains numerous references to the objects he acquired. Many of these pieces are reproduced in the book, along with other documents, such as maps. (See also the publication "Titia - The First Western Woman in Japan")

The Making of James Clavell's Shōgun

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Learning from Shōgun

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The Shōgun's Reluctant Ambassadors

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Keizers en shōgun

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Keizers en shōgun by W. J. Boot Summary

Tot het einde van de negentiende eeuw was Japan een klein, afgelegen eilandenrijk in de luwte van het Aziatische vasteland, waarvoor niemand veel belangstelling had en waarvan men in de rest van de wereld niets tot weinig wist. Het feit dat Japan nu een belangrijke rol op het wereldtoneel speelt, maakt dat de Japanse geschiedenis voor ons belangrijk is geworden. In de periode die dit boek behandelt (300 v. Chr. - 1868) is de basis gelegd voor Japans huidige ontwikkeling. De verwevenheid met de Oost-Aziatische cultuur, het uitgesproken aristocratische karakter van de maatschappij en de uitzonderlijke relatie tussen keizer en shogun, waarin feitelijke macht en legitimering van die macht waren gesplitst, zijn onderwerp van deze beknopte inleiding in de Japanse staatsgeschiedenis.

A History of Japan

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A History of Japan by Hisho Saito Summary

This volume presents the Japanese version of the history of Japan from its origins, through the subjection of Korea, the introduction of Chinese culture, rebellion in Korea, Buddhism, Taika reforms, Ainu insurrection, the founding of Kyoto as the capital, the power of Fujiwara, the founding of the Kamakura Shogunate, Hojo family, Ashikaga Shogunate, Oda & Toyotomi families, Tokugawa Shogunate, the beginning of the Meiji, relations with Korea, Russia and the Chino-Japanese war of 1894, ending with the Russo-Japanese war of 1904.

Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan

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Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan by Wai-ming Ng Summary

Pioneering study of the localization of Chinese culture in early modern Japan, using legends, classics, and historical terms as case studies. While current scholarship on Tokugawa Japan (1603–1868) tends to see China as either a model or “the Other,” Wai-ming Ng’s pioneering and ambitious study offers a new perspective by suggesting that Chinese culture also functioned as a collection of “cultural building blocks” that were selectively introduced and then modified to fit into the Japanese tradition. Chinese terms and forms survived, but the substance and the spirit were made Japanese. This borrowing of Chinese terms and forms to express Japanese ideas and feelings could result in the same things having different meanings in China and Japan, and this process can be observed in the ways in which Tokugawa Japanese reinterpreted Chinese legends, Confucian classics, and historical terms. Ng breaks down the longstanding dichotomies between model and “the Other,” civilization and barbarism, as well as center and periphery that have been used to define Sino-Japanese cultural exchange. He argues that Japanese culture was by no means merely an extended version of Chinese culture, and Japan’s uses and interpretations of Chinese elements were not simply deviations from the original teachings. By replacing a Sinocentric perspective with a cross-cultural one, Ng’s study represents a step forward in the study of Tokugawa intellectual history. “What the author has done with great success is to break down the longstanding dichotomies that have been established in prior scholarship between center and margins, self and ‘other,’ empire and tributary states, civilization and barbarism, and so forth, treating China and Japan on equal terms. An impressive achievement.” — Richard J. Smith, author of The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture

Samurai Arms, Armour and the Tactics of Warfare

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Samurai Arms, Armour and the Tactics of Warfare by Antony Cummins Summary

This book is part of the unique Book of Samurai series that comprises the works of 17th-century samurai tactician Natori Sanj_r_ Masazumi, retainer and advisor to the lords of Kish_ domain. It offers an unparalleled insight into the weaponry and armour of the samurai era, as well as tactical advice for use on the battlefield and off _ wisdom that can be applied to many scenarios today. Heieki Y_h_, the first scroll translated in this book, offers advice for every possible situation, from moving troops to besieging a castle to fighting on the open battlefield. From turning thieves or cowards to good service, to practising "external listening" in order to obtain information from as many sources as possible, to penetrating the deeper motives of those who slander (or praise) others, the advice here is thought provoking and paints a vivid picture of samurai Japan at war. Heigu Y_h_, the second scroll, gives us a rare and precious glimpse into samurai arms and armour, including their construction, status regulations and connected ceremonies, mythology and Buddhist doctrine: a helmet's ventilation hole, for example, allows access to the 98,000 gods of war. There is an accessible introduction and a glossary, as well as 130 line drawings that include illustrations of arms and armour, strategic diagrams and beautiful examples of Japanese calligraphy.

A Study Guide for James Clavell's "Shogun"

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A Study Guide for James Clavell's "Shogun" by Gale, Cengage Learning Summary

A Study Guide for James Clavell's "Shogun," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Shogun

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Art animalier au temps des derniers Shōgun, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles

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Im Schatten des Shōgun

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Samurai William

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Early Modern Japanese Literature

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Early Modern Japanese Literature by Haruo Shirane Summary

This abridged edition of Haruo Shirane's popular anthology, Early Modern Japanese Literature, retains the essential texts that have made the original volume such a valuable resource. The book introduces English-speaking readers to prose fiction genres, including dangibon, kibyoshi (satiric picture books), sharebon (books of wit and fashion), yomihon, kokkeibon (books of humor), gokan (bound books), and ninjobon (books of romance and sentiment). It also features poetic genres such as waka, haiku, senryu, and kyoka, and plays ranging from Chikamatsu's puppet plays to nineteenth-century kabuki. Readers will continue to benefit from the anthology's selection of significant essays, treatises, literary criticism, folk stories, and other noncanonical works, as well as the numerous prints that accompanied these works. They will also find Shirane's introductions and critical commentary, which guide the reader through the allusive and often elliptical nature of these incredible selections.