1198 Pages 127 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


              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


    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).

    'In short, the Tokugawa world matters, and this volume provides plenty of opportunities to appreciate its relevance and, yes, its awesomeness.'

    - Laura Nenzi, Emory University, Monumenta Nipponica