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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:06 am    Post subject: Kaemper's Observations of the Edo Period Reply with quote
I recently received the book ( available at Amazon.com): Kaempfer's Japan: Tokugawa Culture Observed (Hardcover) by Engelbert Kaempfer, M. Bodart-Bailey Beatrice, Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey (Translator). Kaempfer visited Japan during the Tokugawa times and documented some of his travels. It's very interesting for all of the observed minutia about Japan during the Tokugawa period. What is interesting is that these are actual observations.

There's a very interesting reference to a daimyo, one Asano Takumi-no-kami Naganori; he's mentioned as a daimyo of a small fief. Needless to say, this book was written BEFORE a certain incident between this daimyo and a certain Kira Kotsuke-no-suke Yoshinaka in the Shogun's Palace.

Here is the Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Kaempfers-Japan-Tokugawa-Culture-Observed/dp/0824819640/sr=8-2/qid=1166724469/ref=sr_1_2/105-3892145-2275666?ie=UTF8&s=books
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Doesn't finding stuff like that make your day--or even week?

Good searching! Keep us updated. I have the book as well, so could you give me the page number?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Doesn't finding stuff like that make your day--or even week?

Good searching! Keep us updated. I have the book as well, so could you give me the page number?
The reference is on p. 307. Then there is a footnote by the translator, stating that this is the Asano Naganori who was sentenced to seppuku for an assault on Kira.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The same author, Beatrice Bodart-Bailey, has a terrific chapter on 'The Forty-Seven Loyal Samurai' in her book on Tsunayoshi, "The Dog Shogun". pp161-182. Certainly de-romanticises the whole event.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:21 pm    Post subject: 47 Reply with quote
No kidding ,it would be really great to analyse this whole event (yes i missed the recent discussion )but keeping it ...how can i say this try and get a somewhat acurate picture of what went down .
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The same author, Beatrice Bodart-Bailey, has a terrific chapter on 'The Forty-Seven Loyal Samurai' in her book on Tsunayoshi, "The Dog Shogun". pp161-182. Certainly de-romanticises the whole event.
I asked in another thread -- what do other scholars, particularly Japanese scholars, think about Bodart-Bailey's views on Asano Naganori and the 47 former retainers who avenged his death? Is hers a lone, dissenting voice, or is she being joined by others?

Hmmm, curious. Will we stop seeing the Dec. 14 Festivals celebrating the Ako ronin at Senkakuji Temple?

And as I said in the other thread. I haven't read her book, so I really can't comment on it. But I would suspect that the truth lies somewhere in between the 47 Ronin worshippers and the 47 Ronin Detractors.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I just recently had this book out on an Interlibrary loan. I skimmed through it...it's way too big and I didn't have enough time to really read through. One of my favorite parts was that the chapter entitled "The Origins of the Japanese People" was immediately followed with a chapter called "The Origins of the Japanese People According to Their Own Fanciful Opinion". I laughed aloud when I read that.

And, for some reason, he calls Buddhism "foreign paganism". Shocked Confused
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