This week: was Japan’s 5th Tokugawa shogun really as crazy as everybody says?
Listen to the episode here.
Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.
Bodart-Bailey, Beatrice. The Dog Shogun: The Personality and Policies of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.
A solid Japan Times article on Tsunayoshi’s reign.
Some excerpts from the Greater Learning (Da Xue/Daigaku) for the curious.
Engelbert Kaempfer’s depiction of a daimyo’s retinue in Japan. Kaempfer’s depictions are some of the best non-Japanese sources for the high water mark of Edo life.
Engelbert Kaempfer’s books on Japan — like this one here — were among the first to provide Westerners with firsthand knowledge of the country. Kaempfer met Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, and thought highly of him as a ruler.
Tsunayoshi at the height of his power as the 5th shogun of the Tokugawa.