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Philip C. Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833923

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833923.001.0001

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Lay of the Land: Warichi Practice in Iwade Village

Lay of the Land: Warichi Practice in Iwade Village

(p.101) 5 Lay of the Land: Warichi Practice in Iwade Village
Cultivating Commons

Philip C. Brown

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes the Iwade village, a typical village for the Echigo area, which had an assessed value for land taxation of slightly more than 219 koku. Throughout the Tokugawa era, the village found itself under the control of several different overlords. Several daimyo (Hori, Matsudaira, Sakai) alternated control for short periods before 1681, when the Bakufu took over. It controlled Iwade for most of the period to 1742. Moreover, the Iwade village warichi was of the proportional per share variety; thus, shareholders received access to all types and qualities of land in the village in proportion to the number of full and partial shares of cultivation rights that they held.

Keywords:   Iwade village, Echigo area, land taxation, Tokugawa, warichi, cultivation rights

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