Episode 520 – The Age of Chaos

This week on the Revised Intro to Japanese History: the social, religious, and economic changes of the Sengoku period. Though this is an age of civil war, it’s also an age of tremendous growth and change, and one that will lay the groundwork of much to come in future centuries.


Keene, Donald. Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion: The Creation of the Soul of Japan

Hesselink, Reinier H. The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560-1640

Segal, Ethan, “Medieval Economy,” Laver, Michael, “Diplomacy, Piracy, and the Space Between: Japan and East Asia in the Medieval Period,” Chance, Linda, “Medieval Art and Aesthetics” in Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850. 


Kano Naizen’s “The Arrival of the Southern Barbarians”, c 1600, depicts the arrival of Portuguese merchants in Nagasaki as part of a yearly trade mission.
The old castle town district of Hagi in Yamaguchi prefecture.
An old map of Himeji’s castle town on the Seto Inland Sea
A coin minted in the reign of the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, which circulated in Japan.
An interior area of Ginkakuji; you can see how much this resembles modern traditional room layouts in Japan today.