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Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan

Constantine Nomikos Vaporis

Abstract

Alternate attendance (sankin kōtai) was one of the central institutions of Edo-period (1603–1868) Japan and one of the most unusual examples of a system of enforced elite mobility in world history. It required the daimyo to divide their time between their domains and the city of Edo, where they waited upon the Tokugawa shogun. This book argues against the view that cultural change simply emanated from the center (Edo) and reveals more complex patterns of cultural circulation and production taking place between the domains and Edo and among distant parts of Japan. The book begins by detailing t ... More

Keywords: Edo period, Japan, elite mobility, alternate attendance, cultural change, Edo culture, Tosa, sankin kōtai

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832056
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832056.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Constantine Nomikos Vaporis, author
University of Maryland, Baltimore County