Third Thursday Lecture – Tokugawa Japan: Ideologies in Conflict. The Priest

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Japan in the Tokugawa period (1603–1868) was one of the most highly urbanised countries in the world, a situation that arose when the military rulers decided to isolate samurai from the land and corral them into castle towns. Despite the fact that this was in essence a militarised society, an artistic and literary culture emerged that has proved to be a source of fascination for many. Unpredictable censorship did not deter the growth of an intellectual environment in which economic, social and cultural concerns were debated with vigour and passion. In these lectures Professor Bowring explores a wide range of intellectual responses to this new world, from scholars who were wedded to Chinese Confucian ideas to those for whom China was the source of everything that was wrong with Japan, while not forgetting the continued presence of Shinto and Buddhist priests, who had their own particular concerns.

Professor Richard Bowring
Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge

Date: 21 November 2013, 18:00
Venue: Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4EH
Tel: 01603 624349
Fax: 01603 625011
Email: sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org
Web: www.sainsbury-institute.org
Organiser: Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

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