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Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire

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Side #1 --
1. Introduction [2:32]
2. The Way of the Samurai [11:34]
3. He Cuts His Belly [9:22]
4. Perished in the Flames [6:56]
5. Tomb of the Traitors [9:20]
6. The Making of a Shogun [6:51]
7. Hideyoshi's Ghost [7:48]
8. Credits [:59]
1. Introduction [2:08]
2. The Will of the Shogun [8:23]
3. Lords and Vassals [10:28]
4. He Spared No One [8:29]
5. Disturbing Difficulties [9:02]
6. On Penalty of Death [5:15]
7. The Final Revolt [10:39]
8. Credits [:59]
1. Introduction [2:11]
2. The Return of the Barbarians [9:43]
3. The Doctor and the Shogun [6:21]
4. The City of Samurai [8:15]
5. The Floating World [10:32]
6. Corpse of the Criminal [4:31]
7. The Alien Barbarians [12:51]
8. Credits [:59]

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Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire, a three-part DVD set by PBS, does not cover the entire history of Japan. This documentary covers the period that started with the arrival of the first Europeans and a bloody civil war raging in the 16th century C.E. that led to the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603 C.E. After defeating his remaining adversaries in 1600 C.E., Tokugawa Ieyasu was appointed Shogun by the emperor and established his capital in Edo, the future Tokyo, in 1603 C.E. Ieyasu’s successors, the Shoguns, remained in power for over 250 years until the Meiji restoration in 1868 C.E., which ushered Japan into its modern era. Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire, ends with the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and his ships on Japan’s shores in 1853 C.E. This arrival ultimately sealed the downfall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which was unable to cope with the opening of Japan to the outside world. To its credit, Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire, brings to light the sophisticated, refined Japanese civilization in its splendor. This production clearly explained the interactions existing among the Samurai, peasants, artisans, merchants, and the rest of the society such as artists and priests. Perhaps, more importantly, Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire, is an invitation extended to spectators to go (back) to Japan and to better know this unique civilization and state for themselves.