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

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By 1816, Japan had recovered from famines and political reforms and seemed to be approaching a new period of growth. No one questioned the shogunate, yet, in this same year, an anonymous author wrote one of the most detailed critiques of Edo society Japan had ever seen. Writing as Buyo Inshi, "a retired gentleman of Edo," this experienced observer exposed the corruption of samurai officials, the suffering of the poor, the operation of brothels, the dealings of moneylenders, the selling of temples, and many other offenses. Specialists on Edo society oversee this annotated translation

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By 1816, Japan had recovered from famines and political reforms and seemed to be approaching a new period of growth. No one questioned the shogunate, yet, in this same year, an anonymous author wrote one of the most detailed critiques of Edo society Japan had ever seen. Writing as Buyo Inshi, "a retired gentleman of Edo," this experien...

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...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
Era Names
Measures
Currencies
Maps
Part 1: Buyo Inshi and His Times
Part 2: Matters of the World: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard
Prologue
Chapter 1
Introduction
Warriors
Chapter 2
Farmers
Chapter 3
Temple and Shrine Priests
The Medical Profession
Chapter 4
The Way of Yin and Yang
The Blind
Lawsuits
Chapter 5
Townspeople
Lower Townspeople
Chapter 6
Pleasure Districts and Prostitutes
Kabuki
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
Glossary
Editions and References
Contributors
Index

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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.