Princess Masako Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne

ISBN-10: 1585426105
ISBN-13: 9781585426102
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ben Hills
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Description: The tragic true story of Japan's Crown Princess-with a new afterword by the author. It's the fantasy of many young women: marry a handsome prince, move into a luxurious palace, and live happily ever after. But that's not how it turned out for  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

The tragic true story of Japan's Crown Princess-with a new afterword by the author. It's the fantasy of many young women: marry a handsome prince, move into a luxurious palace, and live happily ever after. But that's not how it turned out for Masako Owada. Ben Hills's fascinating portrait of Princess Masako and the Chrysanthemum Throne draws on research in Tokyo and rural Japan, at Oxford and Harvard, and from more than sixty interviews with Japanese, American, British, and Australian sources-many of whom have never spoken publicly before-shedding light on the royal family's darkest secrets, secrets that can never be openly discussed in Japan because of the reverence in which the emperor and his family are held. But most of all, this is a story about a love affair that went tragically wrong. The paperback edition will contain a new afterword by the author, discussing the impact this book had in Japan, where it was banned.

Map of Japan
Genealogy of the Japanese Imperial Family
Preface
The Men in Black
Daddy's Girl
Mummy's Boy
The Last Emperor
Magna Cum Laude
The Dreaming Spires
By Royal Appointment
The Pledge
Heir Unapparent
The Hand of God
The Black Dog
No Happy Ending
Epilogue
Glossary
References
Index

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