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  • adj. Of or relating to a family of shoguns that ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867, a period marked by centralized feudalism, the growth of urban centers, exclusionary policies against the West, and a rise in literacy.

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  • proper n. Any of a family of shoguns that ruled Japan in the 17th to 19th centuries.

Etymologies

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From Japanese 徳川

Examples

  • A son who would inherit the Buddha ball, and the country, too, and rule Japan in the name of Tokugawa.

    Blood Ninja II

  • Azumi (2003) - Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura and set in Tokugawa Japan, this film follows the life of an assassin girl.

    Archive 2004-08-01

  • "Chu Shun-Shui, 1600 – 82: A Chinese Confucian Scholar in Tokugawa Japan."

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • See Julia Ching, "Chu Shun-Shui, 1600 – 82: A Chinese Confucian Scholar in Tokugawa Japan," Monumenta Nipponica, 30, no.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • We may certainly [358] call the Tokugawa period the happiest in the long life of the nation.

    Japan: an Attempt at Interpretation

  • The Tokugawa era saw thousands of peasant revolts against unjust authority.

    Will Grief Turn to Anger in Japan?

  • There is a brand for Oda Nobunaga as well as Tokugawa Ieyasu and others.

    Boing Boing

  • Japan's reactionary Tokugawa shogunate employed gunpowder to obliterate troublemakers and then banned all guns—even its own—for the sake of preserving the samurais' sword-wielding hegemony.

    Where They Got Their Grit

  • Yet I have to recommend Yoseiden (1975-80) by the late Ryo Hammura, which featured Buddhist fundamentalist terrorists in the days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

    MIND MELD: Guide to International SF/F Part IV

  • He wrote a novel called Silence which takes place during the Tokugawa Shogunate, a time when scholars estimate one fifth of the Japanese were Catholic Christians.

    Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.: Requiem For Japan

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