Examining Japanese Primary Sources

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Joe Newman 8 February 2008 HIST388 B Literary Source Analysis Ravaged by war and strife, Japan was engulfed in civil war between the mid 15 th and 16 th centuries as the country experienced a violent and hostile transition into the pre modern age of the Tokugawa. The literary texts of Saiokuken Socho and Shirakawa Kiko present legendary accounts on the era and looking at the similarities and differences of the two texts, one can interpret the possible history and occurrences of the volatile time period through tone, structure, content and themes. Focusing on the One-Hundred Verses Composed at the Shirakawa Barrier by Shirakawa and Sixith Year of Daiei, I will hope to present the common and contrasting themes in an attempt to establish preliminary hypotheses of the bigger, historical framework. Looking at Saikokuken Socho’s account of the “Sixth Year of Daiei”, we will attempt to interpret the said tone, structure, content and themes. Beginning the section, the author’s obvious reverence and observance for gardening and the weather is apparent, “I made some improvements, setting in rocks, rerouting a stream, and planting plum trees” i . It may be unlikely that the author had lived his early years as a peasant and took advantage of the fading class distinctions to learn to read and write, but it is possible that the poet’s blatant fascination may be related to a long upbringing in non-rural area, away
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course HIST 388 taught by Professor Spafford during the Spring '08 term at University of Washington.

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