The Clear Mirror: A Chronicle of the Japanese Court during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333)

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CHAPTER ONE
Through Tangled Thickets
Time span: 1180-1218.Main subject: Biography of Emperor Go-Toba from birth to age 38: accession ( 1183), assumption of authority after death of Retired Emperor Go- Shirakawa ( 1192), abdication and establishment of chancellery ( 1198), literary activity.Principal characters:
Retired emperors with chancelleries (in-no-chō):
Go-Shirakawa. Head of the imperial family until his death in 1192. Insei 1158-1192, with a break from 5 xi 1179 to 1181, following a coup by Taira Kiyomori. (Between 21 ii 1180 and 14 i 1181, Retired Emperor Takakura presided over a ten-month-long nominal chancellery, with real power exercised by Kiyomori.)
Go-Toba ( 1198-1221). Insei ended by shogunate.
Other retired emperors:
Takakura ( 1180 until his death in 1181). Called New Retired Emperor.
Tsuchimikado ( 1210 until his death in 1231).
Reigning emperors:
Antoku ( 1180-1183). Son of Emperor Takakura and Kenreimon-in.
Go-Toba ( 1183-1198). Son of Emperor Takakura and Shichijō-in.
Tsuchimikado ( 1198-1210). Son of Go-Toba and Shōmeimon-in.
Juntoku ( 1210-1221). Son of Go-Toba and Shumeimon-in.
Prominent women:
Gishūmon-in. Daughter of Kanezane; empress of Go-Toba.
Kenreimon-in. Daughter of Kiyomori; empress of Takakura; mother of Antoku.
Shichijō-in. Mother of Emperor Go-Toba.
Shōmeimon-in. Mother of Tsuchimikado.
Shumeimon-in. Mother of Juntoku.
Imperial regents:
Motomichi, Fujiwara (Konoe) ( 1180-1183, 1184-1186, and 1198-1202).
Moroie, Fujiwara ( 1183-1184).
Kanezane, Fujiwara (Kujō) ( 1186-1191).
Yoshitsune, Fujiwara (Kujō) ( 1202-1206).
Iezane, Fujiwara (Konoe) ( 1206 on).

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The Clear Mirror: A Chronicle of the Japanese Court during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333)
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Translator's Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Figures and Tables xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Preface 27
  • Chapter One - Through Tangled Thickets 31
  • Chapter Two - the New Island Guard 46
  • Chapter Three - Mourning Attire 59
  • Chapter Four - Three Sacred Mountains 67
  • Chapter Five - Snow on the Central Plain 72
  • Chapter Six - Descending Clouds 82
  • Chapter Seven - Snow on the Northern Plain 89
  • Chapter Eight Asuka River 97
  • Chapter Nine Pillow of Grass 110
  • Chapter Ten Waves of Longevity 118
  • Chapter Eleven Ornamental Combs 136
  • Chapter Twelve Plovers by the Bay 156
  • Chapter Thirteen the Hills of Autumn 162
  • Chapter Fourteen a Farewell to Spring 174
  • Chapter Fifteen Wintry Showers 183
  • Chapter Sixteen 197
  • Chapter Seventeen the Dayflower 214
  • Reference Matter 221
  • Appendix: Title, Authorship, Date, Sources, and Texts 223
  • Notes 227
  • Glossary 267
  • Bibliography 319
  • Index 327
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