Intellectual life in Edo-period Japan was sometimes harmoniously productive, sometimes destructively vicious, but never stagnant. This volume, compiled in honour of Prof. W.J. Boot, offers eleven essays that explore the intellectual scene of Edo-period Japan from a variety of perspectives.
Preface; "Met vriendschapelijke groet"; Introduction: Aspects of intellectual life in Edo Japan; Intellectual Networks; Entertainment and education: An antiquarian society in Edo, 1824-25; The prince who collected scholars: The network of Myoho-in no miya Shinnin Hoshinno (1768-1805); Legitimizing Tokugawa Rule; "Not perfectly good": Some Edo responses to Confucius's characterization of Kings Wen and Wu; Confucianism versus feudalism: The Shoheizaka academy and late Tokugawa reform; Minding the gaps: An early Edo history of Sino-Japanese poetry
The Way of Heaven in 1816: Ideology or rhetoric?The history and miraculous efficacy of the Black Amida: Its significance for Zojoji and its role in the diffusion of Tokugawa myths; Insincere blessings? Court-Bakufu relations and the creation of engi scrolls in honour of Tokugawa Ieyasu; Western Connections; What's in a name? Padre João Rodriguez's discussion of naming practices in his Short grammar of the Japanese language; The Dufu Haruma: An explosive dictionary; The Kurisaki school of sword wound surgery: From Sengoku to Genroku; Nagasaki to Edo (via Manila)
List of publications by Prof. Dr. Willem Jan BootList of contributors; Index
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