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Spectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability

Morgan Pitelka


This book investigates the significance of material culture and sociability in Japan’s sixteenth century, focusing in particular on the career and afterlife of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Using letters, diaries, and historical chronicles, as well as a wide range of visual and material evidence, the book links the extreme violence of this age of civil and international war to the increasing significance of samurai social rituals and cultural practices. It argues that warlords accrued power and reinforced hierarchy both in tea houses and on the battlefield ... More

Keywords: Tokugawa, Ieyasu, shogun, samurai, swords, tea, war, falconry, japan, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824851576
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824851576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morgan Pitelka, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill