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By G. G. Rowley

ISBN-10: 0231158548

ISBN-13: 9780231158541

Japan within the early 17th century used to be a wild position. Serial killers stalked the streets of Kyoto at evening, whereas noblemen and ladies mingled freely on the imperial palace, consuming saké and staring at kabuki dancing within the presence of the emperor’s important consort. between those noblewomen used to be an imperial concubine named Nakanoin Nakako, who in 1609 grew to become embroiled in a intercourse scandal related to either courtiers and younger women within the emperor’s provider. As punishment, Nakako was once banished to an island within the Pacific Ocean, yet she by no means reached her vacation spot. as an alternative, she was once shipwrecked and spent fourteen years in a distant village at the Izu Peninsula, ahead of being let loose in an amnesty. Returning to Kyoto, Nakako begun a brand new event: she entered a convent and have become a Buddhist nun.

Recounting the striking tale of this resilient girl and the war-torn international within which she lived, G. G. Rowley investigates aristocratic kin data, village storehouses, and the files of imperial convents to re-create Nakako’s lifestyles from commencing to finish. She follows the banished concubine as she endures rural exile, gets an unforeseen reprieve, and rediscovers herself because the abbess of a nunnery. As she unravels Nakako’s strange story, Rowley additionally profiles the little-known lives of samurai girls who sacrificed themselves at the fringes of the good battles that introduced an finish to greater than a century of civil warfare. Written with willing perception and actual affection, An Imperial Concubine’s story tells the real tale of a woman’s amazing lifestyles in seventeenth-century Japan.

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