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continent along with many aspects of Chinese civilization. It offered the Japanese superior knowledge of the calendar and a system of divination, both considered indispensable for the correct government of the country. The influence of the onmy{jji ~~~~~iii at court and in social life remained important

In: A Study into the Thought of Kōgyō Daishi Kakuban

enjoy Nobunaga' s support' .508 The undisputed leader of these courtiers was Konoe Sakihisa, a person whose position is vital to a correct understanding of Nobunaga's association with court circles towards the end of his life. Nobunaga used Sakihisa- a former Imperial chancellor- more than the court

In: Japonius Tyrannus

questionable. In most passages Kakuban refers only to the more important events of his life and religious career, but often omits the details and reasons for his actions. The information he supplied in petitions and other official documents28 was written with a certain purpose in mind, and it was probably

In: A Study into the Thought of Kōgyō Daishi Kakuban

. During the last decade of his life Kuniyoshi continued to design prints that built on his previous discoveries and achievements. However, both the volume and quality of his output declined. 16 The artist is believed to have survived a stroke around 1855 and though he recovered and continued to work

In: Heroes of the Grand Pacification

for the easy governance of the people, and that there really is no world or life other than this. ' 416 Observers of various religious persuasions considered Nobunaga as the antithesis of themselves: to Takeda Shingen, Nobunaga was a manifestation of the devil, and to the Jesuits, in the end, he

In: Japonius Tyrannus