Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan

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University of California Press, 1996 - 305 頁
In 1993, Masako Owada captured the world's attention when she agreed to marry Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan. She was widely portrayed as a progressive, Westernized woman about to enter one of the last bastions of traditional Japanese sexism. Crown Prince Naruhito's world was known to be steeped in ancient tradition, and the strictures placed on her were seen as tragic vestiges of the patriarchal past. But in this dramatic departure from accepted assumptions about Japan, T. Fujitani argues that just over a century ago, there was no such thing as an imperial family, imperial family, imperial wedding ceremonies were unheard of, and the image of the emperor as patriarch did not exist. Demonstrating how the trappings of the emperor were imported from nineteenth-century Western courts, he concludes that the Japanese monarchy as we know it is actually an invention of modern times. Fujitani focuses on public ceremonials and the construction of ritual spaces in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). His work is based on extensive research in Japanese archives and libraries, including the archives of the Imperial Household Agency. To explore the modern transformations of what is often portrayed as the longest continuously reigning monarchy in the world, he focuses on the monarchy's location within a modern regime of power, city planning, the media, and the gendering of politics. Throughout, he presents rare photographs and woodblock prints to trace the image of the emperor from a mysterious figure secluded inside a palanquin to a grand public personage riding in an open carriage in Western military regalia.
 

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Inventing Forgetting Remembering
1
Figures
7
Woodblock print Edo images of the emperor 1868
8
Woodblock print imperial procession by Inoue Tankei 1889 112
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Lithograph Meiji emperors funeral by Shibata Ryoun 1912 193
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From Court in Motion to Imperial Capitals
31
Maps
53
Imperial Palace Palace Plaza and environs in 1883
80
Photograph Meiji emperors hearse on display
153
The Monarchy in Japans Modernity
155
Woodblock print Meiji emperors procession 1868
167
Woodblock print Meiji emperor entering Tokyo by Ichiyokusai Kuniteru 1868
168
Woodblock print emperor and empress at Aoyama parade field by Inoue Tankei 1889
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Uchida Kuichis 1872 portrait of the Meiji emperor
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Uchida Kuichis 1873 portrait of the Meiji emperor
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Edoardo Chiossones 1888 portrait of the Meiji emperor
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Fabricating Imperial Ceremonies
105
Postcard arch at Sakuradamon
129
Imperial Palace Palace Plaza and environs ca 1909
133
Postcard arch at Babasaki
134
Postcard weapons display on the Palace Plaza 13 5
135
Lithograph Meiji emperor on parade 1906
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Photograph military review 1906
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Commemorative postcard naval review 1905
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Postcard Meiji emperors hearse 15
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Woodblock print Meiji emperor leaving Tokyo by Yoshii Chikanobu 1881
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Woodblock print Meiji emperor returning to Tokyo by Baido Kokunimasa 1895
181
Crowds and Imperial Pageantry
197
Toward a History of the Present
230
NOTES
247
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
283
INDEX
297
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T. Fujitani is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego.

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