Lust, Commerce, and Corruption: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard, by an Edo Samurai by Mark Teeuwen

Lust, Commerce, and Corruption: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard, by an Edo Samurai

byMark Teeuwen, Kate Wildman Nakai, Fumiko Miyazaki...

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By 1816, Japan had recovered from the famines of the 1780s and moved beyond the political reforms of the 1790s. Despite persistent economic and social stresses, the country seemed to be approaching a new period of growth. The idea that the shogunate would not last forever was far from anyone's mind.

Yet, in that year, an anonymous samurai author completed one of the most detailed critiques of Edo society known today. Writing as Buyo Inshi, "a retired gentleman of Edo," he expresses a profound despair with the state of the realm and with people's behavior and attitudes. He sees decay wherever he turns and believes the world will soon descend into war.

Buyo shows a familiarity with many corners of Edo life that one might not expect in a samurai. He describes the corruption of samurai officials; the suffering of the poor in villages and cities; the operation of brothels; the dealings of blind moneylenders; the selling and buying of temple abbotships; and the dubious strategies townspeople use in the law courts. Perhaps the frankness of his account, which contains a wealth of concrete information about Edo society, made him prefer to remain anonymous.

This volume contains a full translation of Buyo's often-quoted but rarely studied work by a team of specialists on Edo society. Together with extensive annotation of the translation, the volume includes an introduction that situates the text culturally and historically.

Mark Teeuwen is professor in Japanese studies at the University of Oslo. He is a historian of Japanese religion, with special focus on the history of Shinto. Kate Wildman Nakai is a professor emerita at Sophia University, Tokyo. Her research focuses on Tokugawa and modern history, with an emphasis on intellectual developments. Miyazak...
Title:Lust, Commerce, and Corruption: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard, by an Edo SamuraiFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023153597X

ISBN - 13:9780231535977


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Table of Contents

Era Names
Part 1: Buyo Inshi and His Times
Part 2: Matters of the World: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Temple and Shrine Priests
The Medical Profession
Chapter 4
The Way of Yin and Yang
The Blind
Chapter 5
Lower Townspeople
Chapter 6
Pleasure Districts and Prostitutes
Chapter 7
Pariahs and Outcasts
Rice, Grains, and Other Products
Mountains and Forests
On Japan Being Called a Divine Land
Untimely Deaths
The Land, People, and Ruler
Editions and References

Editorial Reviews

The translation is an amazing piece of co-operative work, and how five scholars managed to produce such a seamless book is nothing short of a miracle... A great pleasure to read.