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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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The Road to Edo (and Back)

The Road to Edo (and Back)

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Constantine Nomikos Vaporis

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter contests the popular notion that since alternate attendance continued largely unchanged for more than two centuries, the daimyo's performance of them did likewise. The routes taken by individual daimyo to and from Edo could vary for a number of reasons. For instance, the performance of alternate attendance by Tosa involved travel by sea as well as overland; thus, its experience is representative of many domains from Shikoku, Kyushu, and parts of western Honshu. Depending on the route taken, the trip for Tosa's retinue could require one month each way. As a result, daimyo living at some distance from Edo, like the Yamauchi lord, actually spent more time outside their domain than in it.

Keywords:   alternate attendance, Tosa, Yamauchi lord, Edo, Shikoku, Kyushu, Honshu

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