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By Takeshi Moriyama

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

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Kobayashi Issa (1763–1827), a famous haikai poet from Shinano, started his life in Edo as such a ‘grey starling’ at the age of fourteen. Issa’s village alone sent as many as thirty migrant labourers to Edo in 1797. Makoto Ueda, Dew on the Grass: the Life and Poetry of Kobayashi Issa (Leiden: Brill, 2004), p. 9. 25 HS-Iwanami, p. 31. The translation is taken from SCT, p. 20. 26 ‘Santō Kyōzan shokanshū’, in SBZ2, p. 304. 27 The Rural Town of Shiozawa Shiozawa in Bokushi’s day is best understood as a ‘rural town’ or ‘zaikata machi’ in the terms used in historical studies of Tokugawa Japan.

7 The 1681 incident is known as the ‘Echigo quarrel’ (Echigo sōdō), and was typical of daimyo house domestic conflict (oie sōdō) between factions. 1: Changes in rulers of Uonuma County (1363–1827) as recorded by Bokushi period belonging to governing daimyo house or shogunate agents 1363–1598 1598–1610 1610–1615 1615–1619 1619–1620 1621 the Uesugi clan Sakato domain Takada domain Nagamine domain Takada domain Takaino domain [Shinano Province] shogunate Takada domain shogunate the Uesugi family the Hori family the Matsudaira [Echigo] family the Makino family the Matsudaira [Echigo] family the Fukushima family 1622–1623 1624–1680 1681–1723 1724–1755 intendants (Okamoto and Hiraoka) the Matsudaira [Echigo] family intendants (Oka → Ono → Toriyama → Suzuki → Nose → Hasegawa → Shibamura → Hino, Minobe and Tsuge) the Matsudaira [Aizu] family Entrusted to Aizu domain (Mutsu Province) by shogunate 1755–1763 shogunate intendants (Chigusa → Mano, Yamanaka and Kubo → Yokoo → Mano and Kubo → Miyamura) 1763–present Entrusted to Aizu the Matsudaira [Aizu] family (1827) domain by shogunate Compiled from ‘Eitai kōshinchō’, in SBZ2, pp.

See SCS-T, vol. 2, pp. 48–49. ), Shiozawa orimonoshi shiryōhen (Shiozawa, Niigata: Shiozawamachi kyōiku iinkai, 1967), pp. 40–41. 1: The rural town of Shiozawa. Adapted from SCS-T, vol. 2, p. 51. 4 by Kyōsui shows a peasant house in a village, probably near Shiozawa. 4. 3. At the front on the ground floor there seem to be shops, indicated by noren, shop curtains dyed with a trademark, hanging over the entrance. The Suzuki family’s house was one such mercantile house on the main street of the town.

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