Kaempfer's Japan: Tokugawa Culture Observed

Kaempfer's Japan: Tokugawa Culture Observed

Kaempfer's Japan: Tokugawa Culture Observed

Kaempfer's Japan: Tokugawa Culture Observed

Synopsis

Engelbert Kaempfer's work was a best-seller from the moment it was published in London in 1727 and remains one of the most valuable sources for historians of the Tokugawa period. The narrative describes what no Japanese was permitted to record (the details of the shogun's castle, for example) and what no Japanese thought worthy of recording (the minutiae of everyday life). However, all previous translations of the history oar flawed, being based on the work of an 18th century Swiss translator or that of the German editor some fifty years later who had little knowledge of Japan and resented Kaempfer's praise of the heathen country.
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