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Constantine Nomikos Vaporis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832056

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832056.001.0001

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(p.11) 1 Beginnings
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Constantine Nomikos Vaporis

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the development of alternate attendance. The practice started in the late twelfth century, during which the Kamakura (1185–1333) shogunate's system of vassal services required that its housemen perform guard service, depending on their place of residence, in Kyoto or Kamakura, for varying lengths of time, generally between three and six months. Under the second military regime, the Ashikaga shogunate (1333–1567), the shugo daimyo, or provincial constables, early on performed a kind of alternate attendance to Kyoto, where they were given land grants to build residences. Before long, however, they tended to remain in Kyoto for long periods of time, leaving provincial matters to their subordinates.

Keywords:   alternate attendance, Kamakura shogunate, vassal services, guard service, military regime, Ashikaga shogunate, shugo daimyo, Kyoto

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