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By G. G. Rowley

Japan within the early 17th century was once a wild position. Serial killers stalked the streets of Kyoto at evening, whereas noblemen and ladies mingled freely on the imperial palace, ingesting saké and observing kabuki dancing within the presence of the emperor’s vital consort. between those noblewomen used to be an imperial concubine named Nakanoin Nakako, who in 1609 grew to become embroiled in a intercourse scandal regarding either courtiers and younger women within the emperor’s provider. As punishment, Nakako was once banished to an island within the Pacific Ocean, yet she by no means reached her vacation spot. in its place, she used to be shipwrecked and spent fourteen years in a distant village at the Izu Peninsula, prior to being let out in an amnesty. Returning to Kyoto, Nakako begun a brand new event: she entered a convent and have become a Buddhist nun.

Recounting the striking tale of this resilient girl and the war-torn international during which she lived, G. G. Rowley investigates aristocratic kinfolk records, village storehouses, and the files of imperial convents to re-create Nakako’s existence from starting to finish. She follows the banished concubine as she endures rural exile, gets an unforeseen reprieve, and rediscovers herself because the abbess of a nunnery. As she unravels Nakako’s strange story, Rowley additionally profiles the little-known lives of samurai girls who sacrificed themselves at the fringes of the good battles that introduced an finish to greater than a century of civil warfare. Written with willing perception and real affection, An Imperial Concubine’s story tells the real tale of a woman’s striking existence in seventeenth-century Japan.

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