1st Edition

Hagi - A Feudal Capital in Tokugawa Japan





ISBN 9781138477292
Published June 7, 2019 by Routledge
216 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

The western Japanese city of Hagi is the town in Japan which has preserved the greatest level of Tokugawa period (1600-1868) urban and architectural fabric. As such it is a major tourist destination for both Japanese and non-Japanese visitors. The city is also very important historically in that it was the capital of the feudal daimyo domain – Chōshū – which spearheaded the reform movement from the 1850s onwards which led to the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate and the foundation of Japan in its modern form. This book, rich in detail and very well illustrated, is both an urban and social history of this important town. It outlines the development of the layout of the city and its castle, relates this to the history of its lords, the Mōri family, and their place in Japanese history; and sets Hagi in the context of the wider Chōshū domain. The book includes a discussion of contemporary arrangements aimed at preserving Hagi’s historical heritage.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Genesis of the Mōri family



Chapter 2 The Site and its Setting



Chapter 3 The Precedent of Ōsaka



Chapter 4 The Construction of the Castle



Chapter 5 Reclaiming the Site: the Struggle with Water



Chapter 6 Laying Out the Town



Chapter 7 The Road Systems



Chapter 8 Land Use in Hagi



Chapter 9 The Social Organisation of the Chōshū domain



Chapter 10 The National Regulation of Architecture



Chapter 11 The Regulation of Architecture in the Chōshū domain



Conclusions

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Biography

Peter Armstrong is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at Sydney University