Osaka, the Merchant's Capital of Early Modern Japan

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James L. McClain, Osamu Wakita, Wakita Osamu, Osamu A. Wakita, Cornell University Press
Cornell University Press, 1999 - History - 295 pages
Social and political life in early modern Japan revolved around three cities: the emperor's city of Kyoto, the shogun's city of Edo and the commercial centre of Osaka. This volume explores the merchants' capital, Osaka, during the Tokugawa era from 1600 to 1800. The contributors explore topics including the early growth and development of the city, the geography of wealth and power in the 17th century, political dissidence, the theatre, gang violence, and Osaka's religious and intellectual life.
 

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Contents

Osaka across the Ages
1
The Toyotomi citadel
14
Ports Markets and Medieval Urbanism in
23
Sengan Turret
54
Space Power Wealth and Status in Seventeenth
59
Pressing oil from rapeseeds
69
Osaka in 1657
77
Takemoto Gidayū and the Individualistic Spirit
104
Osakas Brotherhood of Mendicant Monks
158
Inari Worship in Early Modern Osaka
180
The Fox Deity at Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine
182
Torii marking the entry to the Inari chapel at Ikota Shrine
190
The Fox Woman Leaving Her Child by Yoshitoshi
201
Ogata Kõan and Inter
213
Ogata Kõan
214
The swordslashed pillar at the Tekijuku
229

The jõruri stage at the end of the seventeenth century 106 The jõruri stage at the end of the seventeenth century
107
Takemoto Gidayū
115
Bunshichi and His Friends in Crested Outerwear by Shunsho
149
Bunshichis confession
157
Osaka as a Center of Regional Governance
243
The Distinguishing Characteristics of Osakas
261
Contributors
281
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