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Harvard East Asian Monographs 185

Prayer and Play in Late Tokugawa Japan

Asakusa Sensōji and Edo Society

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$42.00 • £33.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674002401

Publication Date: 04/15/2000


320 pages

6 x 9 inches

13 line illustrations, 5 tables

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard East Asian Monographs


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  • Illustrations and Tables*
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: The Rise of Sensōji Buddhism
  • 1. The Buddhist Culture of Prayer and Play
    • Sensōji as a Prayer Temple
    • Sensōji as a Play Center
  • 2. The Built-in Unity of Prayer and Play
    • The Cultural Unity of Prayer and Play
    • The Social Geography of Prayer and Play
    • The Institutional Unity of Prayer and Play
  • 3. The Social Economy of Prayer and Play
    • The Social Base of Prayer and Play Culture
    • Prayer, Play, and Edo Commoners
    • The Culture of Prayer and Play and the Edo Economy
  • 4. The Cultural Politics of Prayer and Play
    • Public Ideology and Private Ethics
    • Play, Disorder, and Cultural Vitality
    • Prayer, New Divinities, and Alternative Sources of Authority
  • Conclusion: The Cradle of Prayer and Play
  • Reference Matter
    • Notes
    • Works Cited
    • Character List
    • Index
  • * Figures and Tables
    • Figures
      • 1. Fishermen draw up a glittering, small statue caught in their nets
      • 2. The fishermen install the statue under a Japanese pagoda tree, and youngsters from Akasuka village offer homage to it
      • 3. The inner precincts of Sensōji and its western districts
      • 4. A scene at the Sensōji complex
      • 5. A bustling scene at the year-end fair
      • 6. A scene at Sensōji centering aroudn the Niō Gate and the five-story pagoda
      • 7. A scene at Sensōji centering around the Main Hall
      • 8. A scene at Sensōji Okuyama
      • 9. Toothpick shops on the grounds of Sensōji
      • 10. Okita of the Naniwa teahouse
      • 11. A scene at a teahouse featuring teahouse girls and male clients
      • 12. A scene at Sensōji featuring the Kaminari Gate
      • 13. The stone statue of Kume Heinaibee
    • Tables
      • 1. The income structure of Sensōji, 1790–1830
      • 2. The monthly income structure of Sensōji, 1814
      • 3. Number of households in each monzen ward, mid-1820s
      • 4. Merit-making days for worshipping the Asakusa Kannon
      • 5. Kaichō at Sensōji, 1751–1860

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