Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire


From the 16th to the 19th centuries, Japan was an island world of shoguns and samurais, with the world's largest city, Edo, and rich intellectual and artistic traditions–all of it almost entirely shut off from the outside world.


Sengoku Period (1467 – 1573), Edo Period (1603 – 1868), Samurai, Shoguns, Geishas, Commodore Matthew Perry (1794 – 1858), Identity, Isolation, Xenophobia