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

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INTRODUCTION
1.
For more information on authorship, date, and related subjects, see the Appendix.
2.
See the Glossary for dates of people listed there.
3.
Readers familiar with Japanese history may wish to skip to the discussion of The Clear Mirror on pp. 12-25. For those interested in learning more about Heian culture, The Tale of Genji itself is the best source. See the translations in Seidensticker 1976 and McCullough 1994, and the study in Shirane 1987. Also useful are McCullough and McCullough 1980; W. McCullough 1987; and Sansom 1958, especially chapter 9, "The Rule of Taste." An excellent history of the Kamakura period is to be found in Yamamura, ed. 1990. See also Mass 1976, Mass 1982, Varley 1971, and Varley 1982.
4.
The lack of a rule of primogeniture led to constant uncertainty about the imperial succession and to struggles that affected much of Heian and Kamakura history.
5.
For a study of the insei system, see Hurst 1976.
6.
Mass 1990: 49. As indicated later, Yoritomo's father Yoshitomo was such a military noble, a member of a Minamoto line descended from Emperor Seiwa. (Most of the Minamoto court nobles proper belonged to another line descended from Emperor Murakami.) The warrior class, which provided the followers of the military nobles, had evolved as ambitious local men competing for access to income from lands-- properties administered by the central government, of which many warriors served as local officials, or owned by the imperial family, court nobles, and religious institutions, which employed such men as stewards and the like.
7.
Reischauer 1951 contains a discussion of the Heiji Disturbance and a partial translation of a medieval work dealing with it, Heiji monogatari (The Tale of Heiji). For another partial translation of a version of the same work, see Chalitpatanangune 1987.
8.
The most famous history of the Gempei War is the medieval Heike monogatari ( The Tale of the Heike, translated in McCullough 1988). For an account by a Western historian, see Sansom 1958.
9.
By the late Heian period, only two houses of the northern branch of the Fuji-

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