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by Ben Hills

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Download Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne the Tragic True Story of Japan's Crown Princess epub
ISBN: 1741660149
ISBN13: 978-1741660142
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Author: Ben Hills
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Australia (2006)
ePUB size: 1964 kb
FB2 size: 1846 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 966
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Although this book has some negative reviews, maybe from Japan's Imperial House or from real experts on Japanese culture, , I found it particularly interesting for trying to built a story hidden in secrecy and tradition by knitting it through just about anyone close to the Imperial couple that allowed themselves to be interviewed. Some times authors look for the "right" people to tell a story. What happened when the "wrong people" tell the story, is it less valúa le to understand reality? This research method may sounds non academic but I find it close to some historical research trends such as micro history. The book reveals a lot of interesting facts about Japan's Imperial lifestyle, I don't know if they are true or not but it certainly sparked my interest in doing more research on Japan' Imperial Family and history. . No culture can be evaluated on other way than on it's own terms. No tradition either in western society or eastern society can claim to have the thruth, Princess Masako story is able to intrigue you on the fabulous cultural mosaic that form the world and how traditions and cultures are constructed. Sorry that she has to be sacrificed to keep all this tradition alive, hope that some day she gets released from this Gold cage life. Although the book lacks depth in some parts and historical rigurosity, it shows a fresh interest in Masako's life which will force me to research moré on Masako but most important on how each culture build their own set of thruth and reproduce then through out history without questioning them.
A pretty accurate account of the Emperor and the Empress(a commoner) meeting. If you have been to Japan you can even drive past the Tokyo Lawn and Tennis where they met or many places referenced in the book. I really enjoyed the book, it was interesting about what a challenging public life they lead.
I found this book quite fascinating for what it revealed about the Japanese royal family and Japanese tradition. It expressed well the tragedy of all Princess Masako had to give up in order to become the wife of the crown prince. However, as the author was denied access to members of the imperial family, the book necessarily contained a good bit of speculation and suffered from his having to rely on secondary and even tertiary sources for information.
It was fascinating to learn about the inner workings of the Japanese imperial family but the author could be a bit less one sided about (read: completely biased towards) masako
I'm very interested in Japanese history and culture, and had followed the saga of Masako and the Prince back in the day. I was truly hoping she'd find a way NOT to marry him, as it seemed so wrong a choice for her. The info in the book was truly heartbreaking. But how it was written? Aussie snarkiness. Oh well. Worth a read to find out the gossip, but not much more. It was a tough slog.
Highly interesting, author seems well informed and writes well enough to keep me going. I have to have a minimum a decent style or my eyes slide right off the page. Very well done.
Bad Sunny
What a sad story! And what an insightful picture of the agency which controls the lives of the so-called Imperial Family. I say "so-called" because it becomes very clear that they rule over nothing, much less an empire. They don't even control their own lives. One can only conclude from this book that he whole purpose of the monarchy is to provide sinecures for the old nobility and traditional jobs for their descendants. The whole thing is a pointless enterprise that drives outsiders crazy--Empress Michiko and Crown Princess Masako-- and makes dull dunderheads of the heritors of this tradition.
Mr. Hills gives a very well researched account of the marriage and life of Princess Masako. Through interviews with former classmates, teachers, friends both Japanese and foreigners abroad, an insight is shown into her life and her husband Naruhito that I felt couldn't be attained elsewhere. The book reveals a very fascinating, but profoundly sad story.

I admit, I don't take to "Royal Watching" as a hobby. I'm aware of the 1-star reviews that claim "nothing new" was revealed. However, I found the culture of the Imperial Family and it's history very illuminating. As with any good biography, Mr. Hills provides detailed background information of both Masako's family and long history of the Imperial Family. If you like reading about Japanese culture and perhaps a glimpse into the veiled world of the Chrysanthemum world, you'll enjoy this book. It's goes far beyond the typical neutral articles on this story you'll find.

I didn't mind Mr. Hills casual writing style. The Australian slang threw me a bit off guard at times, but it doesn't read like a "tabloid." If you prefer books about Japan that sound like they were written by your stuffy college professor, then this book is NOT for you.

A note about the Kindle edition:
I don't understand why there is several pages of an index when the entries give no page number (okay, it's a Kindle), or any link back to the page. Useless!