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Herbert Plutschow, University of California
The first comprehensive book-length study in over half a century of the celebrated Japanese tea master Rikyu, considered the father of the Tea Ceremony (cha-no-yu) that fully contextualizes tea in politics, aesthetics, ritual and art
Largely ignored hitherto by Western scholars, Plutschow’s Edo Period Travel provides the first in-depth study of the subject which is centred on fifteen of the period’s most notable travellers. This important research on how the Japanese discovered their own country and cultural identity has ...
Herbert Plutschow Josai International University
This new study challenges the conventional view that the key figures involved in the opening of Japan were the US Navy’s Commodore Perry, and the diplomats Harris (US) and Alcock (UK). A close examination of new sources suggests otherwise and puts Von Siebold’s agenda to ‘save’ Japan from being ...
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