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An Imperial Concubine's TaleScandal, Shipwreck, and Salvation in Seventeenth-Century Japan$
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G. Rowley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158541

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158541.001.0001

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(p.169) Chapter 8 Salvation
An Imperial Concubine's Tale

G. G. Rowley

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Nakanoin Nakako’s life as a Buddhist nun in the Hōji'in Imperial Convent during the seventeenth century. It begins by providing a few details about Nakako’s elder brother Nakanoin Michimura, who served as military liaison officer for the shogunate. It then considers Nakako’s decision to enter the Hōji'in, where she took vows and became a nun, adopting the religious name Rankei Shūhō, meaning “valley of orchids, all-pervading fragrance.” It also describes Nakako’s routine at the Hōji'in and concludes with an overview of the Hōji'in today.

Keywords:   Nakanoin Nakako, Buddhist nun, Hōji'in Imperial Convent, Nakanoin Michimura, Rankei Shūhō

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