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Lust, Commerce, and Corruption: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard, by an Edo Samurai

Mark Teeuwen and Kate Wildman Nakai


By 1816, Japan had recovered from the famines of the 1780s and moved beyond the political reforms of the 1790s. Despite persistent economic and social stresses, the country seemed to be approaching a new period of growth. The idea that the shogunate would not last forever was far from anyone's mind. Yet, in that year, an anonymous samurai author completed one of the most detailed critiques of Edo society known today. Writing as Buyō Inshi, “a retired gentleman of Edo,” he expresses a profound despair with the state of the realm and with people's behavior and attitudes. He sees decay wherever h ... More

Keywords: shogunate, Japan, samurai author, Edo society, Buyō Inshi, samurai officials, corruption, brothels, moneylenders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166447
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Teeuwen, editor
Sophia University

Kate Wildman Nakai, editor

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