The Merchant's Tale: Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) by Simon Partner
English | December 19th, 2017 | ASIN: B071J1MY9P, ISBN: 0231182929 | 307 pages | EPUB | 100.02 MB
In April 1859, at age fifty, Shinohara Chūemon left his old life behind. Chūemon, a well-off farmer in his home village, departed for the new port city of Yokohama, where he remained for the next fourteen years. There, as a merchant trading with foreigners in the aftermath of Japan’s 1853 “opening” to the West, he witnessed the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, the civil war that followed, and the Meiji Restoration’s reforms.