Japan's Name Culture: The Significance of Names in a Religious, Political and Social Context


First in-depth study in English of Japanese names, their history and evolution, and ontological implications.
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First in-depth study in English of Japanese names, their history and evolution, and ontological implications.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781873410424
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Series: Japan Library
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Personal Names 15
The Tama of Names 15
The Taboo of Names 32
The Politics of Names 47
Forced and Voluntary Name Changes of Criminals, Exiles, and Rebels 58
War over a Name 61
II The Public Nature of Clannames 65
Pre-Taika Clannames 65
Clannames of Immigrants 77
Clannames and Social Structure 80
Post-Taika Surnames 90
Name Changes 94
The Fujiwara 97
The Minamoto and the Taira 102
III Privatization and Militarization
Aristocratic Clans 106
The Fujiwara 107
Other Clans 110
Warrior Clans 110
The Kanmu Heishi 112
The Seiwa Genji 117
The Tachibana 120
The Warrior Fujiwara 120
Named and Nameless Warriors 126
IV Name Proliferation and the Problem of Control 129
How Names Spread 129
The Miura 130
The Sasaki 132
The Suzuki 134
Warriors who kept their Names 137
Same Name Groups (Myoji-shu) 140
Resistance to Name Proliferation 143
V Genealogy and Ancestor Worship 146
Genealogy and Legitimacy 147
The Falsification of Genealogies 155
VI The Surnames of Commoners 159
Myo 160
Commoners' Clan (ujina) and Office (tsusho) Names 163
Myoji 166
Controlling Commoners' Names in the Tokugawa Period 169
Commoners' Surnames on Religious Documents 176
VII The Surnames of Women 181
VIII The Forced Registry of Family Names 189
Conclusion 198
Bibliography 205
Important Dates 216
The Provinces of Japan 217
References 218
Index 241
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