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Everyday Life in Traditional Japan Everyday Life in Traditional Japan paints a vivid portrait of Tokugawa Japan, a time when contact with the outside world was deliberately avoided and the daily life of the different classes consolidated the traditions that shaped modern Japan Authentic samurai, farmers, craftsmen, merchants, courtiers, priests, entertainers and outcasts come to life in this magnificently [KINDLE] ✽ I Blame The Scapegoats By John O& – 9facts.co.uk a time when contact with the outside world was deliberately avoided and the daily life of the different classes consolidated the traditions that shaped modern Japan Authentic samurai ➠ [Epub] ➚ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne ➪ – 9facts.co.uk farmers ➶ [Read] ➲ Gagged By Richard Asplin ➾ – 9facts.co.uk craftsmen ❴Download❵ ✤ Aristocrats Author Stella Tillyard – 9facts.co.uk merchants ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, Author Sharon J. Bolton – 9facts.co.uk courtiers [KINDLE] ✽ Wild Horses (Saddle Club, Author Bonnie Bryant – 9facts.co.uk priests ❰Reading❯ ➺ At Sixes And Sevens Author Rosie Harris – 9facts.co.uk entertainers and outcasts come to life in this magnificently


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10 thoughts on “Everyday Life in Traditional Japan

  1. Bernie Gourley Bernie Gourley says:

    This interesting little book is invaluable for anyone researching what life was like for people in Japan before the Meiji Restoration While it s an essential volume for a writer of historical fiction, those interested in Japangenerally will find it readable and packed with interesting tidbits of information For example, I would recommend it for those who study traditional Japanese martial arts i.e kobudto get a better insight into the art they study through knowing the society from w This interesting little book is invaluable for anyone researching what life was like for people in Japan before the Meiji Restoration While it s an essential volume for a writer of historical fiction, those interested in Japangenerally will find it readable and packed with interesting tidbits of information For example, I would recommend it for those who study traditional Japanese martial arts i.e kobudto get a better insight into the art they study through knowing the society from which it sprang.This type of work is relatively rare, but is a writer s dream come true It s not a history book, but as the title implies tells one how people of various classes and occupations lived day in and day out That is, it s approach isanthropological than historical.The range of occupations in Japan s pre modern period were far fewer than in society as we know it, and so the book takes broad job classes as its primary unit of organization It begins with the group that undoubtedly draws the most interest, the samurai It proceeds to the occupation which is most numerous in any pre modern society, the farmers Beyond that, it covers the lives of skilled craftsmen, merchants, courtiers, priests, doctors, intellectuals, actors and outcasts The concluding chapter looks specifically at life in the city, and in particular life in Edo Edo is the city that would become known as Toky , and which became the capital of the Shogunate in 1603 and eventually the nation s capital.Japan s relative isolation throughout its early history has made for many intriguing national peculiarities It s true that Japan s literary, religious, and philosophical systems were greatly influenced by China, but in all cases these cultural elements were forged into a uniquely Japanese form This uniqueness provides many ah ha moments while reading One learns why warriors were required to wear extra long hakama a very billowy form of pleated pants that look like a long skirt though having individual pant legs One learns about how one got around on the early highway system in a time when infrastructure e.g bridges were minimal, and who was allowed to use the roads such as the famous T kaidroad The books tells of how police went about arresting armed samurai The roles played by women in society are discussed While this was obviously a patriarchal society, women weren t locked entirely outside the domain of power This was a feudal society with the samurai owning the land and the farmers toiling in hopes of having a little left over to support their families While farmers made silk, they were, by law, not allowed to wear it Farmers sometimes resorted to selling daughters to brothels to make ends meet.There were many types of craftsmen from sakbrewers to carpenters to makers of lacquer wares Japan has a long history of appreciation for master craftsmanship as is most apparent in sword making The Japanese sword was the cutting weapon perfected Its folded steel design offered a flexible spine with a hard edge that could be honed to razor sharpness Merchants were a class that was both looked down upon and increasingly powerful during this period Samurai were often barely making a living then, but merchants were beginning to flourish Japan s first indigenous money wasn t introduced until 1636 Prior to that Chinese coins were used, much in the same way that some present day countries use US dollars for currency thus avoiding inflation that would be inevitable if they had their own currency and governance There is an extensive discussion of the early sea trade.Some of the most interesting careers were thoseperipheral Doctors practiced something akin to Traditional Chinese Medicine There were wandering street performers and holy men of a wide variety I d recommend this book for anyone interested in Japan s history, and would call it indispensable for a writer addressing pre Meiji Restoration Japan

  2. DFZ DFZ says:

    Dunn uses an odd mixture of Japanese and English terms I think the book would be a bit better, and certainlyuniform, had he used only the Japanese terms A glossary would have alleviated any issues with comprehension.

  3. Stef Stef says:

    The traditional Japan of the title is the era of the shoguns, and Dunn describes the living conditions and daily life of people in a variety of roles, from samurai to monks to merchants to farmers I watch a lot of Japanese historical movies, and I had picked up a lot of what this book discusses, but it s nice to have some extra detail and context.There are illustrations In this edition, the illustrations are pretty small and it s hard to see detail, but I have seen a larger format edition of The traditional Japan of the title is the era of the shoguns, and Dunn describes the living conditions and daily life of people in a variety of roles, from samurai to monks to merchants to farmers I watch a lot of Japanese historical movies, and I had picked up a lot of what this book discusses, but it s nice to have some extra detail and context.There are illustrations In this edition, the illustrations are pretty small and it s hard to see detail, but I have seen a larger format edition of this book, which might have better illustrations The illustrations were created by someone with a European sounding name and rendered in a Japanese style Some aspects of the illustrations depict stereotypes and thus might feel offensive to some.This book was written in the 1960s and is aimed at an audience of Westerners who don t know much about Japan Some of the attitudes are outdated

  4. Jasper Jasper says:

    The book fails to refer to historic events that should serve as the context of the descriptions of everyday life Also, references to present day life in Japan would be useful for things that are stillor less the same as they were in traditional Japan.Nevertheless, if you are interested to knowabout everyday life in traditional Japan, including things such as what did a typical day look like What did houses and cities look like , then this is a useful book In other words not The book fails to refer to historic events that should serve as the context of the descriptions of everyday life Also, references to present day life in Japan would be useful for things that are stillor less the same as they were in traditional Japan.Nevertheless, if you are interested to knowabout everyday life in traditional Japan, including things such as what did a typical day look like What did houses and cities look like , then this is a useful book In other words not a great read, but delivers what the title promises

  5. Whusky Whusky says:

    This is a decent book, a bit long winded at times I think due to it being quite old fashioned in its writing style Gives a basic background to Japans history, ie samurai and the other different classes.I found I didn t have to read it cover to cover I skipped out a lot of the waffle by just picking out topics of interest from the index.

  6. Amber Amber says:

    A fantastic read as I begin my study of Japan s history The author also realizes he could have added on to certain sections and gives several recommendations to further his readers education At only 171 pages this is a fairly fast read compared to other history books if that is a deciding factor for others.

  7. Adam Adam says:

    what i learned from this book what i learned was that feudal japan was an interesting place w strict caste system in place that was defeat able i learned that in the winter time the japanese enjoy snowballing whatever that means i learned that the merchants tho considered bottom of the caste barrel indeed rose to enormous heights by way of makin hella skrill i hope i ve used this slang correctly all in all the book was superficially informative but difficult to read in that the author constant what i learned from this book what i learned was that feudal japan was an interesting place w strict caste system in place that was defeat able i learned that in the winter time the japanese enjoy snowballing whatever that means i learned that the merchants tho considered bottom of the caste barrel indeed rose to enormous heights by way of makin hella skrill i hope i ve used this slang correctly all in all the book was superficially informative but difficult to read in that the author constantly wandered mid paragraph then would take up that subject for a paragraph or two then suddenly pick up where he d left off at first i was distraught then i found out he s british so i cut him some slack

  8. Epoch Wolf Epoch Wolf says:

    It s a very broad book It paints a picture of life in Edo period Japan There s a lot of little details but it doesn t go into great depths on any one topic, but the last page mentions the primary sources for the book as suggestions for what to read next It reads like a well written text book It s well edited but it probably could have used another pass There s a few words used incorrectly but no typos or really bad grammar issues like you ll find in a lot of textbooks Definitely a quality It s a very broad book It paints a picture of life in Edo period Japan There s a lot of little details but it doesn t go into great depths on any one topic, but the last page mentions the primary sources for the book as suggestions for what to read next It reads like a well written text book It s well edited but it probably could have used another pass There s a few words used incorrectly but no typos or really bad grammar issues like you ll find in a lot of textbooks Definitely a quality book.If you find sociology fascinating, you should love this book Wikipedia doesn t really give you the full picture There s so many little things that make Edo period Japan fun to read about

  9. Phillip McCollum Phillip McCollum says:

    For an overall view of Tokugawa era Japan, Everyday Life in Traditional Japan is a great start The book packs quite a bit of information in its 182 pages The chapters are broken out by social strata, beginning with the revered samurai down to the lowly hinin untouchables Numerous illustrations are included with the text, proving very helpful when trying to visualize day to day life during this time period.To expand and fill in the knowledge gaps, Dunn provides a Notes on Further Reading s For an overall view of Tokugawa era Japan, Everyday Life in Traditional Japan is a great start The book packs quite a bit of information in its 182 pages The chapters are broken out by social strata, beginning with the revered samurai down to the lowly hinin untouchables Numerous illustrations are included with the text, proving very helpful when trying to visualize day to day life during this time period.To expand and fill in the knowledge gaps, Dunn provides a Notes on Further Reading section at the end.I d recommend this book to anyone looking for a cursory overview of the period as well as a starting point for deeper research

  10. Norain Norain says:

    An interesting read, almost like a storybook It described the different layers of classes in Japan during the Tokugawa era the last of the Shoguns before the power was replaced to the Emperors and how they conducted their lives It was written in 1960s so some of the attitude might not be suitable but it was nonetheless a very good historical and cultural reference The Tokugawa period, after all, left plenty of traditions even today.

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