By C. Andrew Gerstle
The interval of eastern heritage ahead of the appearance of industrialisation and modernism is of great curiosity. The essays during this assortment convey a fascination with the social context in the back of the improvement of aesthetics, drama, language, paintings and philosophy, no matter if or not it's the area of the excitement quarters or the Shogun's courtroom.
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For instance, in the case of Ueno Zoo, acting zoo director Fukuda Saburō deliberately gave an inaccurate “official report” of the disposal to Tokyo governor-general Ōdachi, because he could not execute the disposal the way Ōdachi had ordered him to. Only a quarter century later, in 1968, did Fukuda reveal the true record (see chapter 3). In another case, zoo director Anami Tetsurō of Itōzu Yūen in current Kita-Kyūshū-city told part of the truth in 1950 and then told a completely different story a quarter century later in 1975 (see chapter 6).
Tokugawa succeeded in having Ōtaki request the “1,000-kan elephant” from the ministry. With extreme difficulty, the zoo transferred the elephant to Asakusa in December 1923. ” The elephant was kept in a small cage, with all feet chained, at Hanayashiki. He died in October 1932 at the age of sixty. 21 A similar case occurred at London Zoo. The zoo “dumped” its popular African male elephant, Jumbo (born in French Sudan in 1861), as he became too strong and intractable. He weighed exactly six tons in January 1882 when the zoo sold him to P.
The real story, according to Komori, is that the Imperial Household Ministry wanted to pass along the zoo because managing the zoo had become a burden. It had tried to transfer the jurisdiction back to the Ministry of Education several times, but in vain. 23 Kurokawa wrote that he had requested the Imperial Household Ministry to send for a few soldiers should aftershocks hit and animals escape from wooden cages. However, the ministry refused to help, saying they were consumed with salvaging the National Museum’s antiques from the fire.
18th Century Japan: Culture and Society by C. Andrew Gerstle