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KyotoAn Urban History of Japan's Premodern Capital$
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Matthew Stavros

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838799

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838799.001.0001

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Warriors in the Capital

Warriors in the Capital

The Ashikaga and the Classical Ideal

(p.103) 5 Warriors in the Capital

Matthew Stavros

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter 5 begins by exploring the ways Ashikaga leaders interacted with Kyoto’s urban landscape, including what they built, where and why. The findings uncover a striking level of deference toward traditional spatial paradigms, including those that excluded warrior and privileged the traditional elites. The second part reveals how successive Ashikaga leaders consistently built residential headquarters in the same styles as the traditional elite, shinden-style. Doing so, it is argued, endowed them with the architectural infrastructure necessary to conduct rituals of state that, in turn, authenticated their membership in the imperial hierarchy. The final section of chapter 5 outlines the recent discovery that Ashikaga Yoshimitsu had a master plan for medieval Kyoto that entailed a fundamental reorganization of capital space. All of Yoshimitsu’s major building projects lined up along a series of axes that together constituted a complex and highly contrived urban matrix.

Keywords:   Ashikaga, shogunate, shinden-style, Yoshimitsu, matrix

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