This week: Emperor Komei attempts to protect tradition in a nation beset by crisis. However, his efforts will be brought short by his untimely death, and the reigns of power passed to his untested boy successor: Meiji.
Keene, Donald. Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912.
Gilday, Edmund T. “Bodies of Evidence: Imperial Funeral Rights and the Meiji Restoration.” Japanese Journal of Religious studies 27, No 3 (Fall, 2000)
Hirai, Atsuko. Government by Mourning: Death and Political Integration in Japan, 1603-1912.