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Musui's Story : The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai

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Edition:
Reprint
ISBN13:

9780816512560

ISBN10:
0816512566
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/1/1991
Publisher(s):
Univ of Arizona Pr
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Summary

A series of picaresque adventuresset against the backdrop of a Japan still closed off from the rest of the world,Musui's Storyrecounts the escapades of samurai Katsu Kokichi. As it depicts Katsu stealing, brawling, indulging in the pleasure quarters, and getting the better of authorities, it also provides a refreshing perspective on Japanese society, customs, economy, and human relationships. From childhood Katsu was given to mischief. He ran away from home, once at thirteen, making his way as a beggar on the great trunk road between Edo and Kyoto, and again at twenty, posing as the emissary of a feudal lord. He eventually married and had children but never obtained official preferment and was forced to supplement a meager stipend by dealing in swords, selling protection to shopkeepers, and generally using his muscle and wits. Katsu's descriptions of loyalty and kindness, greed and deception, vanity and superstition offer an intimate view of daily life in nineteenth-century Japan unavailable in standard history books.Musui's Storywill delight not only students of Japan's past but also general readers who will be entranced by Katsu's candor and boundless zest for life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii(2)
Introduction ix
Prologue 1(8)
Childhood
9(14)
I Run Away
23(20)
Youth
43(18)
I Run Away Again
61(10)
Adult Years
71(38)
Life after Retirement
109(38)
Some Other Incidents
147(9)
Reflections on My Life
156(3)
Notes to the Translation 159(10)
Appendix One: Genealogy of Katsu Kokichi 169(4)
Appendix Two: Currency in the Tokugawa Period 173(2)
Bibliography 175(2)
Credits for the Hiroshige Prints 177


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