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Japan: Its History, Traditions, and Religions

Japan: Its History, Traditions, and Religions
With the Narrative of a Visit in 1879
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108045704

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About the Authors
  • As Chief Constructor of the Royal Navy, Sir Edward Reed (1830–1906) oversaw the final move from wooden to ironclad ships. Upon resigning from the Navy in 1870 he designed warships for Germany, Chile, Brazil and Japan, and was invited to Japan in 1879 to advise its government on plans to strengthen its navy. Eleven years after the restoration of the monarchy, the country was embarking on a period of rapid industrial and military development. Published in 1880, and part history, part travel narrative, Reed's book gives a fascinating insight into Japan during a key period in her history and is an informal yet informed assessment of her people, customs, history and geography. Volume 1 covers the geography and history of Japan, and Volume 2 is an account of Reed's travels during his three-month stay.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108045704
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 48 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Note on the spelling and pronunciation of Japanese names
    1. The land and its inhabitants
    2. The God-period
    3. The Shinto religion
    4. Buddhism in Japan
    5. The descent of the Crown
    6. Early history ending 1000 AD
    7. The Taira and the Minamoto. The wars of the red and white flags, 1000–1200 AD
    8. The Hojo domination
    9. The simultaneous dynasties
    10. The Ashikaga shoguns
    11. Nobunaga and Hideyoshi
    12. Iyéyasu, the first Tokugawa Shogun
    13. The Tokugawa period (1603–1868)
    14. The revival of the imperial power
    15. The fall of the shogun
    16. The imperial restoration completed
    17. Foreign relations of Japan
    18. The reforms of the last ten years
    19. The Satsuma Rebellion
    20. The Emperor and the existing government. Volume 2:
    1. Our arrival in Japan. First impressions
    2. A month in the Eastern Capital
    3. Language and literature
    4. Drawing and painting
    5. Proverbs and phrases of the people
    6. The inland sea and Nagasaki
    7. The city of Osaka
    8. The sacred city of Nara
    9. Kioto, or Saikio, the Western Capital
    10. The sacred shrines of Isé
    11. Nagoya and the shrine of the sacred sword
    12. To Shidzuoka: the home of the Tokugawas
    13. Fuji-Yama and the Hakoné Mountains

  • Author

    Edward J. Reed

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