A day in the life of a teenage samurai - Constantine N. Vaporis
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Want to learn about samurai during other time periods? Try this book, which surveys the origins and history of the samurai from the fourteenth until the mid-nineteenth century.
Want to learn more about the alternate attendance system, which required daimyo and their retinue of samurai (like Banshirō and his father) to travel to Edo on tours of duty? This book informs you about the system and explores the nature of a tour of duty to Edo for individual samurai.
To learn more about the broader society in which Banshirō lived—what was it like to live in Tokugawa Japan—check out this book. You can also watch these short video clips.
The vast majority of samurai lived in castle towns, which centered around castles. Twelve original castles from the Tokugawa period remain in Japan today while many more have been reconstructed in their original locations. To read more about castles and castle towns, try this online site or this one. Edo (now Tokyo) was the largest castle town in Japan. Visit this online site of the Edo-Tokyo Museum to learn more about this great city, home to a population of about one million people in 1800.. You can learn more here about samurai residences in the castle towns and see photos of some of these residences that have been preserved.
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