This week we turn away from politics to discuss religion, art, and the economy during the age of the Ashikaga. Why is this era such a moment of societal flourishing despite the constant warfare and instability of Ashikaga rule?
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Parker, Joseph D. Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan.
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Grossberg, Kenneth A. Japan’s Renaissance: The Politics of the Muromachi Bakufu.