Weak Body of a Useless Woman Matsuo Taseko and the Meiji Restoration

ISBN-10: 0226872378
ISBN-13: 9780226872377
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Authors: Anne Walthall
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Description: In 1862, fifty-one-year-old Matsuo Taseko left her old life behind by traveling to Kyoto, the old imperial capital. Peasant, poet, and local political activist, Taseko had come to Kyoto to support the nativist campaign to restore the Japanese  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.50
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

In 1862, fifty-one-year-old Matsuo Taseko left her old life behind by traveling to Kyoto, the old imperial capital. Peasant, poet, and local political activist, Taseko had come to Kyoto to support the nativist campaign to restore the Japanese emperor and expel Western "barbarians." Although she played a minor role in the events that led to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, her actions were nonetheless astonishing for a woman of her day. Honored as a hero even before her death, Taseko has since been adopted as a patron saint by rightist nationalists. In telling Taseko's story, Anne Walthall gives us not just the first full biography in English of a peasant woman of the Tokugawa period (1603-1868), but also fresh perspectives on the practices and intellectual concerns of rural entrepreneurs and their role in the Meiji Restoration. Writing about Taseko with a depth and complexity that has thus far been accorded only to men of that time, Walthall has uncovered a tale that will captivate anyone concerned with women's lives and with Japan's dramatic transition to modernity.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt . I
The Making of a Poet
Taseko's Political Heritage
Married Life
The Farm Family Economy
The Nativist Encounter
Nativist Texts and the Female Reader
Kyoto, 1862-18637: Autumn in Arashiyama
A Peasant Woman at the Emperor's Court
Beheading Statues
Going Home
Taseko and the Meiji Restoration
On the Sidelines
Kyoto, 1868
Famous Friends
Political Intrigues and Conflicting Visions
Taseko in Modern Japan
Taseko in Old Age
Remembering Taseko
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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