INTRODUCTION

In the early nineteenth century the village of Higashi Zenyōji lay in the Maebashi district of Kawagoe domain, overseen from a distance by a county magistrate (kōri bugyō) and a smattering of samurai administrators located in the domain’s castle town.¹ Though it was sited in a fertile region near th...

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Published in: Ikki p. 1
Main Author: James W. White
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Cornell University Press 11-02-1995
Edition: 1
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Summary: In the early nineteenth century the village of Higashi Zenyōji lay in the Maebashi district of Kawagoe domain, overseen from a distance by a county magistrate (kōri bugyō) and a smattering of samurai administrators located in the domain’s castle town.¹ Though it was sited in a fertile region near the Tone River, Higashi Zenyōji had fallen upon difficult times. The whole Kantō region, around presentday Tokyo, was undergoing rapid economic change. People were moving out of farming into commercial and small-scale industrial activities and out of the villages into the bustling and more prosperous towns. Those who remained in the
ISBN: 0801431549
9780801431548
DOI: 10.7591/j.ctt18kr5nf.7