Mediated by gifts : politics and society in Japan, 1350-1850 /

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Imprint:Leiden : Brill, [2017].
Description:xiv, 252 pages : some illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series:Brill's Japanese studies library ; volume 57
Brill's Japanese studies library ; volume 57.
Subject:Gifts -- Political aspects -- Japan -- History.
Gifts -- Social aspects -- Japan -- History.
Ceremonial exchange -- Japan -- History.
Ceremonial exchange.
Gifts -- Social aspects.
Format: Print Book
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9789004336117 (online)
Notes:International conference proceedings.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:Mediated by Gifts' is a collection of essays by top scholars on gifts, giving and the social and political forces that shaped these practices in medieval and early modern Japan. The international assemblage of authors provides new insights into these deeply ingrained practices. The essays focus on topics such as shogunal visits to shrines and temples, exchanges between the imperial house and the shogun, a physician and his patients, the shogun, his vassals his and his ladies, the merchant class and the shogunal government, and between scholars and their cosmopolitan circle of contacts. This virtually unexplored view of Japanese history provides new tools to better elucidate both historical and modern Japan.
Standard no.:9789004335158
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • List of Contributors
  • Chronologies
  • Introduction
  • 1. Unexpected Paths: Gift Giving and the Nara Excursions of the Muromachi Shoguns
  • 2. Gifts for the Emperor: Signposts of Continuity and Change in Japan's Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
  • 3. Physician Yamashina Tokitsune's Healing Gifts
  • 4. Tokugawa Tsunayoshi and the Formation of Edo Castle Rituals of Giving
  • 5. Mitsui Echigoya's Gifts to the Tokugawa Shogunate
  • 6. Travel and Gift Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Japan
  • 7. Gift Exchange and Reciprocity: Understanding Antiquarian/Ethnographic Communities Within and Beyond Tokugawa Borders
  • Index