Stranger in the Shogun´s City

Stranger in the Shogun´s City

Amy Stanley  (Author)
A groundbreaking new history of Edo, now modern-day Tokyo, that will change our understanding of Japanese history, placing women´s lives back in the historical picture

A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman in Edo - now known as Tokyo - and a portrait of a great city on the brink of momentous changeThe daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in 1804 in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a life much like her mother´s. But after three divorces - and with a temperament much too strong-willed for her family´s approval - she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak.

With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just before the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry´s fleet, which would open Japan up to trade and diplomacy with the West for the first time. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai and eventually ends up in the service of a famous city magistrate. An extraordinary woman at an extraordinary time, Tsuneno´s life provides a window into nineteenth-century Japanese culture - and a rare view of a woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, despite social conventions.

Immersive and gripping, Stranger in the Shogun´s City is a revelatory work of history, layered with rich detail and delivered in beautiful prose, about the life of a woman, a city and a culture.
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  • Product code: 9781784742317
  • Barcode: 9781784742317
  • Added: Aug 11, 2020
  • Author: Amy Stanley
  • Publishing company: Random House
  • Year of publication: 2020
  • Language: English
  • Book format: Paberback
  • Pages: 352

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