'Studies in Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan': Chronicling the political theory of the Edo Period

Books / Reviews | ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES Oct 6, 2018

'Studies in Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan': Chronicling the political theory of the Edo Period

by Don O'Keefe

In "Studies in Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan," leading postwar political scientist Masao Maruyama chronicles the ideas and debates of scholars throughout the Edo Period (1603-1868). Studies in Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan, by Masao Maruyama, Translated by Mikiso Hane.383 pages PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, Nonfiction. The central ...

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

Style & Design Nov 26, 2017

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

by Samuel Thomas

As regular followers of Japanese fashion can attest, the industry can be seen as somewhat flirtatious, dallying with new debutantes, another sister brand, another collaboration, another short-term "limited shop" or another retail concept that makes the news but doesn't really change the game. It is ...

Japan’s 'kanban' are still hanging in there

Lifestyle Jun 18, 2017

Japan’s 'kanban' are still hanging in there

by Martin Laflamme

Little information remains about the personal life of the artisan Kojiro Shimizu. His personality and interests, his passions and motivations — all are shrouded in mystery. What we know is that he worked in Kyoto in the late 19th and early 20th century and ...

Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

Art May 9, 2017

Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

by Yoko Haruhara

The Edo Period (1603-1868) is renowned for the flourishing of material culture — a time when major advances and innovations in Japanese folk crafts and design were prized by the burgeoning commoner class of Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Osaka. "The Golden Age of Mingei: Life ...

Cherished Osaka bell under threat as land owner wants to sell

National Aug 29, 2016

Cherished Osaka bell under threat as land owner wants to sell

An ancient bell in the city of Osaka is under threat because the real estate firm that owns the land where it stands wants to sell. The bell is located in the Tsuriganecho district in Chuo Ward, nestled among eateries and apartment buildings. Residents are fond ...