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Breen, John (2005) 'Juyondai shogun Iemochi no joraku to Komei seiken ron. [The Kyoto Pilgrimage of the 14th Shogun Iemochi and 'Komei Administration' Theory].' In: Meiji ishinshi gakkai, (ed.), Meiji ishin to bunka. Tokyo: Yoshikawa kobunkan, pp. 126-155.

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This article argues that the pilgrimage of the 14th shogun Tokugawa Iemochi to Kyoto in 1863 was a defining moment not only in 19th century relations between military bakufu and civil court, but in the history of the Meiji restoration. Using spatial theory, the argument is made here for the reception by emperor Komei of the shogun in the Kyoto palace as a moment at which the political realm was thoroughly redefined. It now became an imperial realm, albeit one in transition. The article discusses the ensuing pilgrimage by emperor Komei to the Kamo shrine, with the shogun in tow, as a public demonstration that a new order has now emerged in the trealm. The article proposes that a new transitional, emperor-centred regime now in place and that this merits a new designation: the Komei administration. The article examines some of the challenges, political and ideological which this new regime faced and explores the tensions leading to its demise.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
ISBN: 9784642036436
Date Deposited: 29 May 2008 14:02

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