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Japan, Memoirs of a Secret Empire: Episode 1 the Way of the Samurai [electronic resource]

written by Joan Owens-Meyerson, Deborah Ann Desnoo, Lyn Goldfarb ; produced & directed by Lyn Goldfarb, Deborah Ann Desnoo
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
This programs explores the period between the 16th and 19th centuries in Japan by examining the lives of shoguns, samurais, geishas, and the very few westerners allowed into Japan. Japan was then a world unto itself, closed to outsiders, and ruled by shoguns with absolute control. During this period, Japan transitioned from chaos and violence to a land of ritual refinement and peace. Episode one focuses on the early 16th century when Japan was a warlike society ruled by samurai and their daimyo warlords. When Portuguese merchants arrive in 1543, they are the first Europeans to set foot in Japan. Missionaries quickly set out to convert the nation to Christianity. In the same year, a samurai boy named Tokugawa Ieyasu is born to a low ranking daimyo family
Director
Lyn Goldfarb; Deborah Ann Desnoo
Performers
Narrator: Richard Chamberlain.
Release Date
2003
Run Time
56 min.
Language
English
Notes
Originally produced in 2003.
Variant Title
Japan: memoirs of a secret empire:The way of the samurai
Memoirs of a secret empire
Way of the samurai
Related Title
Empires (Television program)
Series
VIVA PBS Streaming Video Collection
VIVA Streaming Video Collection
Published
[Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, [2005, 2003].
Publisher no.
pbs_jme100-1 PBS Video
Access Restriction
Digital content license from PBS Video, [2005] ; available to 2005 VIVA member institutions.
Related Resources
More information on this video:
Description
1 streaming video file (56 min.) : digital, MP4 file, sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet
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