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Author Isoda, Michifumi, 1970- author.

Title Unsung heroes of old Japan / Michifumi Isoda ; translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter.

Publication Info. Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo : Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Kokudaya,J ISO    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 207 pages ; 22 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Japan library
Japan library (Shuppan Bunka Sangyō Shinkō Zaidan)
Language Translated from the original Japanese into English.
Summary "True stories of three little-known Japanese of the Edo period who lived lives of sublime selflessness and purity, blurring the boundary between self and others. Merchant Kokudaya Jūzaburō comes up with a brilliant scheme to rescue his dying town from poverty. He and others go deep into debt, risking all to raise money for the cash-strapped daimyo and receive annual interest in return. Prodigious scholar and former Zen monk Nakane Tōri refuses a government post and elects to live in abject poverty, weaving sandals. Though perhaps the age's greatest poet, he throws his works into the fire and ends his days teaching in a country village. Ōtagaki Rengetsu, a noted beauty in Kyoto, loses two husbands and five children. She becomes a Buddhist nun and devotes her life to poetry and pottery. With her savings she feeds the hungry and builds a bridge across Kamo River"--Publisher's website.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 206).
Contents Kokudaya Jūzaburō (1719-1777) -- Nakane Tōri (1694-1765) -- Ōtagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875).
Subject Kokudaya, Jūzaburō, 1720-1777.
Nakane, Tōri, 1694-1765.
Rengetsu, 1791-1875.
Japan -- History -- Tokugawa period, 1600-1868 -- Biography.
Japan -- History -- 18th century -- Biography.
Japan -- History -- 19th century -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Author Carpenter, Juliet Winters, translator.
Added Title Mushi no Nihonjin. English
Note Title in colophon: Mushi no Nihonjin
Title in colophon: 無私の日本人
ISBN 9784916055767

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