Everyday Life in Traditional Japan paints a vivid portrait of Tokugawa Japan, a time when contact with the outside world was deliberately avoided and the daily life of the different classes consolidated the traditions that shaped modern Japan.
With detailed descriptions and over 100 illustrations, authentic
samurai, farmers, craftsmen, merchants, courtiers, priests,
entertainers and outcasts come to life in this magnificently
illustrated portrait of a colorful society. Most works of Japanese
history fail to provide enough details about the lives of the
people who lived during the time. The level of detail in
Everyday Life in Traditional Japan allows for a more
complete picture of the history of Japan.
In fascinating detail, Charles J. Dunn, describes how each class
lived: their food, clothing, and houses; their their beliefs and
their fears. At the same time he takes account of certain important
groups that fell outside the formal class structure, such as the
courtiers in the emperor's palace at Kyoto, the Shinto and Buddhist
priests, and the other extreme, the actors and the outcasts. he
concludes with a lively account of everyday life in the capital
city of Edo, the present–day Tokyo.