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1st Edition

The Tokugawa World

ISBN 9781138936850
Published September 21, 2021 by Routledge
1198 Pages 127 B/W Illustrations

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With over 60 contributions, The Tokugawa World presents the latest scholarship on early modern Japan from an international team of specialists in a volume that is unmatched in its breadth and scope.

In its early modern period, under the Tokugawa shoguns, Japan was a world apart. For over two centuries the shogun’s subjects were forbidden to travel abroad and few outsiders were admitted. Yet in this period, Japan evolved as a nascent capitalist society that could rapidly adjust to its incorporation into the world system after its forced "opening" in the 1850s. The Tokugawa World demonstrates how Japan’s early modern society took shape and evolved: a world of low and high cultures, comic books and Confucian academies, soba restaurants and imperial music recitals, rigid enforcement of social hierarchy yet also ongoing resistance to class oppression. A world of outcasts, puppeteers, herbal doctors, samurai officials, businesswomen, scientists, scholars, blind lutenists, peasant rebels, tea-masters, sumo wrestlers, and wage workers.

Covering a variety of features of the Tokugawa world including the physical landscape, economy, art and literature, religion and thought, and education and science, this volume is essential reading for all students and scholars of early modern Japan.

Table of Contents


          Part I: National Reunification, 1563-1603

  1. The Three Unifiers of the Empire (Tenka): Nobunaga (1534-82), Hideyoshi (1536-98) and Ieyasu (1543-1616) 
  2. Fujita Tatsuo

  3. Japan’s Invasions of Korea in 1592-98 and the Hideyoshi Regime
  4. Nam-Lin Hur

  5. The Life and Afterlife of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616)
  6. Morgan Pitelka

    Part II: The Physical Landscape

  7. Water Management in Tokugawa Japan
  8. Murata Michihito 

  9. The King Yu Legend and Flood Control in Tokugawa Japan
  10. Wang Min

  11. Earthquakes in Historical Context
  12. Gregory Smits

  13. The Centre of the Shogun’s Realm: Building Nihonbashi
  14. Timon Screech

    Part III: Tokugawa Society 

  15. The Samurai in Tokugawa Japan
  16. Constantine Vaporis

  17. Villages and Farmers in the Tokugawa Period
  18. Watanabe Takashi

  19. Popular Movements in the Edo Period: Peasants, Peasant Uprisings, and the Development of Lawful Petitions
  20. Taniyama Masamichi

  21. Coastal Whaling and Its Impact on Early Modern Japan
  22. Jakobina Arch

  23. Outcastes and Their Social Roles in Tokugawa Japan
  24. Maren Ehlers

    Part IV: Family, Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction                    

  25. Women in Cities and Towns
  26. Amy Stanley

  27. Childhood in Tokugawa Japan

         Kristin Williams

15. Growing Small Bodies at the Point of Skin: Young Children’s Bodies and Health in Sacred Skinscape

    William Lindsey

    Part V: Tokugawa Economy

16. Food Fights, But It’s Always for Fun in Early Modern Japan

    Eric Rath

17. The Silk Weavers of Nishijin: Wage-Laborers in the Tokugawa World

    Gary P. Leupp

18. The Marketing of Human Waste and Urban-fringe Agriculture around the Tokugawa Cities

    Tajima Kayo

    Part VI: Tokugawa Japan in the World

19. Japan and the World in Tokugawa Maps

    Kären Wigen

20. Nihonmachi in Southeast Asia in the Late Sixteenth-Early Seventeenth Centuries

    Travis Seifman

21. Rethinking Ezo-chi, the Ainu, and Tokugawa Japan in Global Perspective

    Noémy Godefroy

22. The Opening of the Tokugawa World and Japan’s Foreign Relations: The Visits of Korean Embassies to Japan

    Nakao Hiroshi

23. Early Modern Ryukyu Between China and Japan

    Watanabe Miki

24. Dutch East India Company Relations With Tokugawa Japan

    Adam Clulow

25. The Presence of Black People in Japan During the Edo Perio

    Fujita Midori

26. Seventeenth Century Chinese Émigrés and Sino-Japanese Cultural Exchanges

    Shyu Shing-ching

27. Selective Sakoku? Tantalizing Hints of Japanese in China after the Tokugawa Maritime Prohibition

    Xing Hang

28. Tokugawa Japan and the Rise of Modern Racial Thought in the West

    Rotem Kowner

    Part VII: The Performing Arts and Sport

29. The Musical World of Tokugawa Japan   

    Alison Tokita

30. Visual Disability and Musical Culture in Edo-Period Japan

    Gerald Groemer

31. Tominaga Nakamoto (1715-1746) and Gagaku (Court Music)

    Intō Kazuhiro

32. Staging Senseless Violence: Early Jōruri Puppet Theater and the Culture of Performance

    Keller Kimbrough

33. Rural Kabuki and the Imagination of Japanese Identity in the Late Tokugawa Period

    William Fleming

34. Sumo Wrestling in the Tokugawa Period 

    Lee Thompson and Nitta Ichirō

    Part VIII: Art and Literature 

35. Shunga in Tokugawa Society and Culture

    Andrew Gerstle

36. Uses of Shunga and Ukiyoe in the Tokugawa Period

    Hayakawa Monta

37. Two Paths of Love in the Fiction of Ihara Saikaku

    David Gundry

38. Furuta Oribe: Controversial Daimyo Tea Master

    Kaminishi Ikumi

39. Grass Booklets and the Roots of Manga: Comic Books in the Tokugawa Period

    Glynne Walley

40. An Iconology of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering: Image, Text, and Communities in Tokugawa-Era Japan

    Kameda-Madar Kazuko

41. The Folk Worldview of Chronicles of the Eight Dog Heroes of the Satomi Clan of Nansō

    Inoue Atsushi

42. Okakura Kakuzō and the Osaka Painting Schools of the Tokugawa Era

    Nakatani Nobuo

43. The Rise and Fall and Spring of Haiku

    Adam L. Kern

    Part IX: Religion and Thought

44. Christians, Christianity and Kakure Kirishitan in Japan (1549-1868)

    Jan Leuchtenberger

45. Pilgrimage in Tokugawa Japan

    Barbara Ambros

46. Structuring the Canon: Exceptionalism and Kokugaku

    Mark McNally

47. The Image of Susanoo in Hirata Atsutane’s Koshiden

    Tajiri Yūichirō

48. Itō Jinsai and the Origins of Classical Learning (Kogaku)

    Tsuchida Kenjirō

49. Mapping Intellectual History: The Neo-Confucian Schools of Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, and Ogyū Sorai as Mirrored in Islamic Thought

    Kojima Yasunori

50. Emperor-Centrism and the Historiography of the Mito School

    Kojima Tsuyoshi

51. Heigaku and Bushidō: Military Thought in the Tokugawa World

    Maeda Tsutomu

52. Confucian Views of Life and Death

    Takahashi Fumihiro

    Part X: Education and Science

53. Tokugawa Popular Education

    Brian Platt

54. The Greater Learning for Women and Women’s Moral Education in Tokugawa Japan

    Yabuta Yutaka

55. "Reading" of the Chinese Classics and the History of Thought in the Edo Period 

    Nakamura Shunsaku

56. Health, Disease and Epidemics in Late Tokugawa Japan

    William Johnston

57. Doctors and Herbal Medicine in Tokugawa Japan

    Machi Sunjurō

58. The History of Natural History in Tokugawa Japan

    Federico Marcon

59. Attitudes Toward Celestial Events in Tokugawa Japan

    Sugi Takeshi

    Part XI: Epilogue

60. From Feudalism to Meritocracy?: Growing Demand for Competent and Efficient Government in the Late Tokugawa Period

    Matsuda Koichirō

61. Shōin and Changing Worldviews in the Late Tokugawa Period

    Kirihara Kenshin

62. The Shinsengumi: Shadows and Light in the Last Days of the Tokugawa Shogunate

    Kimura Yukihiko

63. Katsu Kaishū and Yokoi Shōnan: Late Tokugawa Imaginings of a More Democratic Japan

    William Steele

64. Confucian Education in the Formative Years of the Meiji Leaders and Its Modern Implications

         De-min Tao

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Gary P. Leupp is Professor of History, Tufts University, author of Servants, Shophands and Laborers in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan (1989); Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan (1993); Interracial Intimacy: Japanese Women and Western Men, 1543–1900 (2001), and other works on class, gender, and ethnicity in Japanese history.

De-min Tao is Professor Emeritus at Kansai University, Japan, author of A Study of the Kaitokudō Neo-Confucianism (J. 1994); Yoshida Shōin and Commodore Perry: A Multilingual Study of the 1854 Shimoda Incident (2020); and An Alternative Image of Naitō Konan: 20 Years of Research about the Naitō Collection at Kansai University Library (J. 2021).