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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: Sonnō Jōi Discussion Group Reply with quote


Sonnō jōi (revere the emperor; expel the foreigners) was a rousing phrase and political philosophy to which young radicals rallied in the waning days of the Tokugawa shogunate. Fueled by a growing pro-imperial sentiment and anger at the shogunate for opening the country to the West, the sonnō jōi movement became a nascent unifying force that challenged and weakened the 250 year-old status quo of Tokugawa rule. As violence was the movement’s primary tool as a means of enforcing ‘heaven’s will’, this helped Japan slip into the chaos that would define the Bakumatsu period. Yet, as the wake of death and destruction widened during this turbulent era, many of those who lived by the sword died by it, bringing about changes in the sonnō jōi philosophy and strategies on how to enact it.

A study group on the topic of sonnō jōi will be starting on Saturday, January 17, 2009. The focus of this group will be the evolution of sonnō jōi through the Bakumatsu period as well as look at some of the movement’s major players. The length of the discussion group will be four weeks, give or take a week, depending on the quality and pace of the discussions.

I will post a detailed outline of the discussion sometime in the near future. However, here is a recommended book reading list (all in English), so potential participants can get started on studying. An additional pack of material has been prepared and will be shared with members who register for this group. In order to get this material, you must register for the study group by responding on this thread.

Beasley, W.G. The Meiji Restoration. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1972.
Craig, Albert M. Chōshū in the Meiji Restoration. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2000.
Huber, Thomas M. The Revolutionary Origins of Modern Japan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1981.
Jansen, Marius B. Sakamoto Ryōma and the Meiji Restoration. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.
Jansen, Marius B. The Making of Modern Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002.
Jansen, Marius B., ed.The Emergence of Meiji Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Keene, Donald. Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World 1852-1912. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
Najita, Tetsuo and Koschmann J. Victor, eds. Conflict in Modern Japanese History: The Neglected Tradition. Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2005.
Ravina, Mark. The Last Samurai. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004.
Sabin, Burritt. A Historical Guide to Yokohama. Yokohama: Yorindo Co., Ltd. 2002.
Wilson, George M. Patriots and Redeemers in Japan. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1992.
Yamakawa, Kikue. Women of the Mito Domain. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm in.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: JOI Reply with quote
aghh!!!!! here we are "JOI DIVISION "
im in ,i have actually read all the books too ,
still better read them again .

Joi to the world !!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: another Reply with quote
Various Authors inc William M Steele Conflict In Modern Japanese History .
This book id highly recommend it has great stuff on Tosa and Choshu .
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Re: another Reply with quote
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Various Authors inc William M Steele Conflict In Modern Japanese History .
This book id highly recommend it has great stuff on Tosa and Choshu .

Howdy-ho there, Lemon! Thanks for the book recommendation--I'm going to add it to the above list. You'll soon be getting instructions from me on how to get the additional pack of material that has been prepared.

And yes, I love the Jōi Division's hit from a long time ago called "Jōi Will Tear Us Apart Again". It was a big hit in Bakumatsu Chōshū during the conflict between the radicals and the conservatives. Just Kidding

Remember folks, if you want to participate, you are going to need access to the additional materials pack. And in order to get that, you MUST register for this study group by responding to this thread.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I will take part - am looking forward to it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm in too for the "joi-ful" festival of shishi. Cheers!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I would like to participate and hopefully contribute something to the discussion. John
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I guess I'll give it a shot.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Count me in, I'll try to add my twopence
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'd like to take part. For once I actually have a decent amount of the books you guys will be talking about! Maybe I'll actually contribute and not just lurk this time....
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Very exciting.. Let the discussion begin!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:07 pm    Post subject: joi Reply with quote
HI OBENJO
Now we have some people signed up
we could send them a Sonno Gram
aaghh !!!!im sorry that was bad .
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
After speaking with some you, it is apparent that a two week delay to starting the sonnō jōi discussion group will help ensure that more of the reading gets done. It will also help me out, as well. Laughing

Therefore, the new start date is Saturday, January 31.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
That helps out a lot! I've been splitting time between getting the reading done and studying for the GRE. Now I can concentrate on one at a time.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Many thanks on my front, Obenjo! As of today, I'm even still ordering titles to read, although I'm chugging through the ones I have as well(at a snail's pace.) Cheers! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Discussion Group Outline Reply with quote
We’ve got about a week to go until the sonnō jōi discussion group starts, so I thought now would be a good time to post an outline of how things will progress.

Also, here’s a link to a PDF article about the Richardson affair and its aftermath. http://www.k-junshin.ac.jp/juntan/libhome/bulletin/No34/daniels.pdf


Sonnō Jōi Discussion Outline

I. The Birth and Origins of Sonnō Jōi
In this section, we will discuss the philosophical origins of sonnō jōi and the events that led to the coalescence of political activism. We’ll try to do this quickly and without giving everyone a splitting headache in the process!

II. The Rise of Political Activism
Here, we’ll take look at how shishi cells developed in different domains and compare social and economic situations among cell members from different han. We’ll see that backgrounds were not as common as one may think! We’ll also explore the realism vs heroism trends among the ‘sonjō’ movement as well as some of the events that went on in Mito, Chōshū, Tosa, and Satsuma, Yamato and Ikuno.

III. Reign of Terror
Assassinations and terrorist acts against both Japanese and foreigners were the rampant in Japan in the early 1860s, particularly in 1862-1864. We’ll take a look at some of the more spectacular events that happened during these years, with a focus on the Namamugi incident.

IV. The Death of Virulent Sonnō Jōi Activism
What caused the death of the virulent sonjō movement? We’ll take a look at those events as well as discuss how sonnō jōi evolved into a different means to achieve its basic goals.

V. Key Activists within the Movement
In this final capsule, we’ll look at some of the key sonjō figures, like Takechi Hanpeita.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I was just searching through the forums to see if there was already any extensive discussion of the Namamugi Incident (doesn't look like there has been any at all)... I guess I'll go and read this article before I start up a thread.

Looks interesting; thanks for sharing this Daniels article!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I was just searching through the forums to see if there was already any extensive discussion of the Namamugi Incident (doesn't look like there has been any at all)... I guess I'll go and read this article before I start up a thread.

Looks interesting; thanks for sharing this Daniels article!


I just came across this article as well so I will read it as soon as I can. Toranosuke, do you still plan on starting a Namamugi Incident thread?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Oh, geez. Totally forgot about that. Thanks for the reminder!

I'll start something up soon.
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