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Government by Mourning

Death and Political Integration in Japan, 1603-1912

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ISBN 9780674066823

Publication Date: 08/18/2014


464 pages

6 x 9 inches

15 black and white photos; 3 maps; 13 tables

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  • [List of] Maps, Plates and Figures, and Tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note to the Reader
  • Introduction
  • I. Mourning Laws: The Pre-Tokugawa Foundation and Tokugawa Political Implications
    • 1. Pre-Tokugawa Mourning Laws
      • The Origins: The Yōrō Code and Native Religious Traditions
      • “Shinto” or “Jindo”: What’s in the Name?
      • The Mourning and Abstention Laws of the Shinto Shrines
      • Observance of Mourning under the Yōrō Code and Shrine Rules: A Sampler
    • 2. The Tokugawa Mourning Edicts
      • The Early Tokugawa Attempts at a Mourning Edict
      • Tokugawa Tsunayoshi and His Edict on Mourning and Abstention
    • 3. Mourning and the Shogun’s Legitimacy
      • Shogun Tsunayoshi’s Personal Stake
      • The Shogun’s Inheritance and Succession
      • The Mystery of Rebirth
      • Patriarchal Sacraments
      • Imperial Dispensation
      • The Tokugawa Shogun’s Many Faces of Legitimacy
    • 4. Mourning and the Daimyo Houses
      • Implementation of the Mourning Edicts in the Daimyo Houses
      • Local Records
      • Succession in the Daimyo Houses
        • The Satake House and the Shogunate’s Specifications
        • Succession in the House of Mōri
        • The Story of the Shimazu House
        • The Mourning Edict and the Demography of the Daimyo Houses
      • The Shogun’s Stick
      • The Dead Man Talking
      • Center versus Periphery
    • 5. The Mourning Edict and the Populace
      • Notification of the Mourning Edict among Edo’s Townsfolk
      • Relatives of Abstention and Social Control
      • Guilt by Affinity
      • Filth, the Sacred Sphere, and Leaves of Absence
      • The Practices of Commoners in Mourning and Abstention
    • 6. Portraits of Men and Women in Mourning
      • Mourning in the Life and Death of Umezu Masakage (1581–1633)
      • The Shoguns’ Wives and Concubines
      • Lady Yō: Daimyo’s Daughter, Daimyo’s Wife (1737–62)
      • The Men and Women of the Shimazu House
      • Kamata Masazumi, the Shimazu Vassal (1816–58)
      • In Memoriam
  • II. Public Mourning in Edo and the Daimyo Domains
    • 7. Public Mourning of State Personages
      • The Rites of Public Mourning
      • Quiet in Edo
      • The Shogunate’s Accommodation
      • The Quiet for the Dead, the Quiet for the Living
    • 8. Public Mourning in the Daimyo Domains
      • Public Mourning in Akita
        • Mourning the Satake
        • The Tokugawa House in Akita
        • The Life of Akita’s Populace under Prohibition
        • The Domain’s Accommodative Approach
      • Silence in Chōshū
        • Public Mourning for the Tokugawa House
        • Co-opting the House of Mōri
        • The Transmission of Suspension Orders
        • Silence in Four Corners
      • The Experience of an Itinerant Singer-Storyteller
      • Intradomain Public Mourning as Supradomain Allegiance
    • 9. Public Mourning and the Imperial Family
      • The Imperial Family in the Shogunate’s Suspension Orders
      • The Imperial Family in Akita
      • The Imperial Family in Chōshū
      • The Imperial Family in Kyoto
      • The Emperor, the Shogunate, the Daimyo, and the People
    • 10. Public Mourning in Bakumatsu Politics
      • The Deaths of Shoguns Ieyoshi and Iesada
      • Mourning in the Provinces
      • The Reversal of Fortune for “the Above”
        • Appeasement and New Protocols
        • The Deaths of Shogun Iemochi and Emperor Kōmei
      • The Reversal of Fortune for “the Below”
        • “The Below” in Edo
        • Out in Akita
        • War and Public Mourning in Chōshū
      • Shogun Yoshinobu’s Grief
      • Mourning and Missed Opportunities
  • III. Mourning in the Meiji Period
    • 11. Government by Mourning in the Meiji Period
      • The Meiji Restoration
      • The State of the Mourning Laws under the New Regime
      • Connections to Select Codes
      • Imperial Holy Days
      • Personal Holy Days
      • The Politics and Diplomacy of Royal Deaths
      • The Last Chapter of the Tokugawa Mourning Edict
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi’s Bukkiryō (Edict on Mourning and Abstention), Genroku 6 (1693)
  • Appendix B: Reference Lists
    • The Imperial Family: The Tokugawa-Period Emperors and Sovereign Empresses
      • The Houses of the Imperial Blood
      • The Five Regents’ Houses
    • The Tokugawa Shoguns (including Posthumous Buddhist Names)
    • The Daimyo Domains and Daimyo Referenced in the Text
      • The Mōri Daimyo
      • The Satake Daimyo
      • The Shimazu Daimyo
  • Personal Names
  • Japanese Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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