The Chrysanthemum Throne: A History of the Emperors of Japan

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University of Hawaii Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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The Chrysanthemum Throne tells a fascinating story of the ebb and flow of the fortunes of the Japanese imperial dynasty, often mere puppets manipulated by the real wielders of power - the feudal warlords and later the shoguns. In the Heian period (794-1185) the imperial court at Kyoto was the centre for a remarkable flowering of cultural activity, with the emperors as patrons of the arts. Thereafter, the imperial court went into decline, but saw a remarkable renaissance after the reopening of Japan in the nineteenth century. Peter Martin throws new light on the role played by the throne since the Meiji restoration in 1868 and Japan's subsequent emergence as one of the two leading economic powers in the world today.

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The Traditional List of Emperors and Empresses Regnant

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Peter Martin was born in London, England on January 5, 1931. Before becoming a cultural diplomat, he read philosophy at Birkbeck College and served in the Royal Air Force. He worked for the Royal Festival Hall and then with the British Council. While working in Kyoto, Japan, he and his second wife, Joan Drumwright, wrote Japanese Cooking. He also wrote The Chrysanthemum Throne: A History of the Emperors of Japan. Under the pseudonym James Melville, he wrote the Superintendent Otani Mystery series, The Imperial Way, and A Tarnished Phoenix. Under the pseudonym Hampton Charles, he wrote three novels about Miss Seeton. He died in 2014 at the age of 83.

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