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The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko
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The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko: One Woman's Transit from Tokugawa to Meiji Japan

Laura Nenzi


The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko is the story of a rural Mito woman – a political activist, oracle, poet, and teacher – whose life coincided with the late-Tokugawa crisis, the collapse of the shogunate, and the rise of the modern Meiji state. Tokiko’s political activism combines focus and visionary flights of the imagination, nuancing our understanding of political consciousness among the non-elites in nineteenth-century Japan by blurring the line between rational and irrational and between discourse and action. Her use of prognostication, her appeals to the cosmic forces, and her conve ... More

Keywords: Mito, Tokugawa, Meiji Restoration, gender, education, divination, networks, microhistory, biography, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839574
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Nenzi, author
University of Tennessee