Book Announcement: Spectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability

saSpectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability was published by the University of Hawaii Press in January of 2016.

The book is based on a decade of research into the documentary and material evidence from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Japan, focusing on the ways in which elite samurai used art, swords, and other forms of material culture in politics and social relations.

The book examines:

  • The acquisition and exchange of material objects and the acquisition and exchange of hostages
  • The display of material culture at social and cultural rituals such as tea ceremonies, banquets, and celebrations of battlefield victories
  • The exchange of gifts as a means of maintaining warrior social relations
  • The practice of falconry, including the exchange of live falcons and acquisition of land for hunting
  • Social rituals and war, such as head examination ceremonies
  • The deification of Tokugawa Ieyasu using material culture
  • The modern afterlife of Tokugawa Ieyasu and his material culture in museums

The book has a website, to which I will be adding more resources and essays in the months ahead:

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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