Crossing boundaries in Tokugawa society: Suzuki Bokushi, a by Takeshi Moriyama

By Takeshi Moriyama

Crossing obstacles in Tokugawa Society offers a brilliant picure of the lifetime of Suzuki Bokushi (1770-1842), an elite villager in a snowy province of Japan, targeting his interplay with the altering social and cultural surroundings of the overdue Tokugawa interval (1603-1868).

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15). Mase married to Tadakiyo, and gave birth to Tadamasa (1799–1858) who succeeded to the daimyo of Nagaoka (r. 1831–58, see Imaizumi Shōzō, Nagaoka no rekishi, vol. 1, Sanjō, Niigata: Nojima shuppan, 1968, figure inserted between p. 24 and p. 25). However, as far as I know, there was no mention by Kyōden, Kyōzan or Bokushi of the relationship between the daimyo house and the Santōs. Nor have historians or biographers of Kyōden and Kyōzan paid much attention to this fact apart from Tsuda’s brief remarks about Mase.

Jōhō to kōtsū, vol. 6 of Nihon no kinsei (Tokyo: Chūō kōronsha, 1992), pp. 9–56. 2: Illustration of ‘post-station’ (eki) in Hokuetsu seppu. From Waseda University Library ‘Japanese & Chinese Classics Online’. 3: Illustration of ‘town ward’ (shi chū) in Hokuetsu seppu. From Waseda University Library ‘Japanese & Chinese Classics Online’. 4: Illustration of a peasant house in Hokuetsu seppu. From Waseda University Library ‘Japanese & Chinese Classics Online’. Living in the post-town of Shiozawa, Bokushi participated in such exchanges of information in every way: receiving from and sending to the outer world, and gathering from and distributing to his own community.

The names of shogunate intendants are in parentheses. Arrows indicate replacements of the intendants. Their terms of office ranged from two months to thirteen years. The county then became part of the shogun’s land and was administered by his intendants. But in 1724 the shogunate temporarily entrusted the administration of most of the Uonuma area to Aizu domain government under the system of ‘trust land’ (azukarichi), where the domain authority took responsibility for taxation and judicial functions on behalf of the shogunate.

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