Overview for Chapter G: Presents the life of the Japanese emperor who abdicated in 1629 and then dedicated the rest of his life to promoting Japanese cultural traditions and artistic forms as a poignant resistance to the assertion of Tokugawa authority. The chapter emphasizes the development of different Buddhist sects in Japan, describes the Floating World, and discusses sexual diversity in the human experience.
1. In what ways does Go-Mizunoo's experience ask us to redefine the definition of historical power?
2. Did Go-Mizunoo make a mistake by abdicating when he was 33?
3. Tōfukumon'in's marriage was arranged, just as Eleni's was and just as happens in the parts of the world today. What benefits do arranged marriages have? What limitations? Is the passage of time what changes views of arranged marriages or its it some other factor?
1. Find examples of Buddhist relics. How do these compare to Catholic relics?
2. Write a dialogue between Go-Mizunoo and Iemitsu in Nijō Castle that honors Japanese politeness, but captures the tensions between them.
3. Design a different monument honoring the Twenty-Six Catholic Martyrs in Nagasaki.
• This beautifully illustrated catalog written in conjunction with an exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery offers an art historian's perspective of the Floating World. See: Rossella Menegazzo, Reflections on the Floating World(Auckland: Auckland Art Gallery Toio Tamaki, 2020), https://rfacdn.nz/artgallery/assets/media/2020-reflections-on-the-floating-world-gallery-publication.pdf