Daily Life in Japan

At The Time of the Samurai, 1185-1603

By Louis Frederic

Translated by Eileen Lowe

© 2011 – Routledge

258 pages

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Hardback: 9780415587600
pub: 2010-09-09
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About the Book

From the tenth century onwards the emperors of Japan gradually lost power. The local lords or clan chiefs waged ceaseless war against each other, while the court, wholly steeped in Chinese culture, seemed to take no further interest in the affairs of the nation. In 1191 the Minamoto clan mastered the disturbances and finally imposed its rule. Hard work, respect for the hierarchy, the cult of nationalism, a sense of self-sacrifice and duty – such was the new trend. The Buddhist doctrine of Zen made its appearance. It gave mystical support to the samurai, and the Japanese spirit was henceforth directed towards a political and religious asceticism which had an enormous influence on all aspects of art, thought and daily life. An acknowledged authority on the ‘classical’ period of Japanese history, the author reveals what the life of the Japanese people was like during these five centuries, and shows how a transformation of heart and mind produced a civilization as original as it was profound.

Table of Contents

1. Birth of the Middle Ages 2. Medieval Man 3. Daily Needs 4. The City 5. The Country 6. Occupations and Crafts 7. War and Warriors 8. Religion 9. The Spirit of Medieval Japan

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Routledge Library Editions: Japan

Routledge Library Editions: Japan brings together a century's worth of publishing and provides a comprehensive collection of volumes which chart the literature, history, economics, politics & sociology of this fascinating country.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Japan