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The Kiso RoadThe Life and Times of Shimazaki Toson$
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William E. Naff and J. Thomas Rimer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832186

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832186.001.0001

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Home and Family: Before 1872

Home and Family: Before 1872

(p.27) 1 Home and Family: Before 1872
The Kiso Road

William E. Naff

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Shimazaki Tōson's home and family background before 1872. Tōson's sense of himself was largely defined in terms of the same family that for a long time threatened his very existence as an artist and as a viable human being, but that also provided him with an unshakable sense of who he was. Tōson often said that life was like “carrying a heavy burden up a long, long hill.” This chapter considers the part of the burden Tōson was born with. It first describes the character of the institution of family as it existed in the traditional life of western Shinano Province and the way that institution operated within the Shimazaki household. It then looks at the history of the Shimazaki family, from Tōson's grandparents to his parents, Shimazaki Masaki and Shimazaki Nui Nui, as well as his brothers Shimazaki Hideo, Shimazaki Hirosuke, and Shimazaki Tomoya.

Keywords:   grandparents, Shimazaki Tōson, family, Shinano Province, Shimazaki family, Shimazaki Masaki, Shimazaki Nui, Shimazaki Hideo, Shimazaki Hirosuke, Shimazaki Tomoya

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