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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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Warring States Kyoto

Warring States Kyoto

Erasing the Classical City

(p.133) 6 Warring States Kyoto

Matthew Stavros

University of Hawai'i Press

The dramatic physical and social changes that took place in Kyoto during the Age of Warring States are the focus of chapter 6. The discussion glosses over the narrative of destruction and social change to explore in depth on how the violence, fires, and lawlessness of the age conspired to decisively sever the tendrils that anchored Kyoto to its classical past. Onin and the conflicts that followed destroyed the urban grid and key venues of aristocratic pageantry. Shinden-style and the activities it facilitated became unsustainable while the ubiquitous presence of warriors and temples erased all traditional notions about capital exclusivity. Commoners began buying, selling, and controlling land within the old city just as the boundaries of that space came to be defined by walls and moats instead of laws and customs. Heian-kyo and all that the city was meant to represent was finally and truly wiped away during the late 15th and 16th centuries.

Keywords:   Age of Warring States, sengoku, Onin War

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