Episode 518 – The Low Conquers the High, Part 1

This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: our first foray into the age of civil war! We’re looking to understand the conflicts of the Sengoku by examining the rapid falls from power during this time of the Yamana and Hosokawa clans.



Berry, Mary Elizabeth. The Culture of Civil War in Kyoto

Ichikawa, Yuji. Muromachijidai no chihou shihai to chiiki kenryouku

Ogawa, Makoto. Yamana Souzen to Hosokawa Katsumoto.


For long after the Onin War, the power politics surrounding it were a popular subject. Here, a kabuki play dramatizes the political cunning of Hosokawa Katsumoto, as he has a rival killed.
Yamana Souzen depicted in a late Edo Period source (Zokyu Einin Hyakunin Isshu)
Hosokawa Sumiyuki, depicted in the same source as above.
Marker at the site of the original Hosokawa clan fortress from which they take their name.


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