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Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World

Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World

A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo—the city that would become Tokyo—and a portrait of a great city on the brink of a momentous encounter with the West.

The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a traditional life much like her mother’s. But after three divorces—and a temperament much too strong-willed for her family’s approval—she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak.

With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just prior to the arrival of American Commodore Perry’s fleet, which transformed Japan. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai, and eventually enters the service of a famous city magistrate. Tsuneno’s life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture—and a rare view of an extraordinary woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, in defiance of social conventions.

Immersive and fascinating, Stranger in the Shogun’s City is a revelatory work of history, layered with rich detail and delivered with beautiful prose, about the life of a woman, a city, and a culture.

Titulo:Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781501188527
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Acerca de Amy Stanley

Amy Stanley is a professor in the History Department at Northwestern University. She can often be found lecturing about global history, but she is most at home in early modern Japan, specifically in the great city of Edo (now Tokyo). Like many social historians, she is happiest when reading other people's correspondence and perusing shopping lists from 200 years ago. She knows a lot about samurai,


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  • Amy Stanley

    So it's very uncool for an author to review her own book, but somehow I pressed the wrong button on the computer, gave myself two stars, and then no matter how many times I tried to erase it, it kept ...

  • Sam Quixote

    Amy Stanley’s history book Stranger in the Shogun’s City is primarily about a Japanese woman called Tsuneno who was born in the northern Japanese province of Echigo (now Niigata) in 1804 and event...

  • Lou

    As someone who would class myself as a Japanophile or shinnichi (親日), I appreciate Japanese culture, people and history. This book only served to increase my fascinating with the enigmatic country...

  • K.J. Charles

    Fantastic. The author has dug the story of a Japanese woman living through the end of the shogunate and determined to leave her provincial life behind for Edo out of the archives, and it is absolutely...

  • Caidyn (he/him/his)

    I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!CW: rape and pregnancy from rape3.5/5I read this in two days. It's a pretty short book -- nine chapters plus a prologue and epilogu...

  • David

    Read a 2018 essay by the author here. The topic: what she learned about the history of sexual assault while writing this book.This is my first post-COVID-19 review, meaning, the situation is still spi...

  • Leah

    This book was one of those that I changed my opinion of more than once as I was reading it. At first, I was really enjoying it, getting excited for the main character Tsuneno to head to Edo and start ...

  • Kendra

    In this non-fiction work, author Stanley chronicles the life of a Japanese woman in the 1800s based on the woman's voluminous correspondence with her family members. But the book focuses on standard d...

  • K. Lincoln

    With an undergrad degree in Japanese Studies and my own historical fantasy set in an alternate Medieval Japan, I came to this book eager for mundane details about clothing, daily chores, foods, and a ...

  • Miriam Cihodariu

    A piece of non-fiction (historical research of an individual case) that is so beautifully written that it almost reads like fiction (in a good way).I liked this especially in relation to the author's ...

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