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The Last Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Yoshinobu

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In Ryotaro Shiba's account of the life of Japan's last shogun, Perry's arrival off the coast of Japan was merely the spark that ignited the cataclysm in store for the Japanese people and their governments. It came to its real climax with the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868, the event which forms the centerpiece of this book. The Meiji Restoration -- as history calls ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 20th 2004 by Kodansha America (first published 1967)
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Mar 25, 2014 added it
Shelves: japanese
Shiba Ryotaro (1923 – 1996) was primarily a writer of historical fiction for which he painstakingly carried out vast amounts of research, not unlike William T. Vollmann. Historical fiction does not have a very high standing in the West, though some of our finest writers have turned their hand to it. But Shiba was an enormous success in Japan with his series of sometimes extremely lengthy novels treating significant persons and events in recent Japanese history. Donald Keene, who knew Shiba well ...more
May 08, 2009 rated it really liked it

Hitotsubashi Keiki atau lebih Tokugawa Yoshinobu, adalah tokoh sejarah yang dikenal sepanjang masa, bukan hanya karena dia adalah shogun terakhir dari klan Tokugawa, tetapi juga karena pribadinya yang unik sebelum dan setelah ia menjabat menjadi shogun.

Buku ini menceritakan secara mendetail tentang kehidupan Tokugawa Yoshinobu sampai akhir hayatnya, dari mulai ia dilahirkan di keluarga Mito, dibesarkan sebagai Hi
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Tokugawa Yoshinobu, yang dilahirkan di Edo pada tahun 1837, adalah putra Tokugawa Nariaki, pemimpin sekolah anti-bangsa asing. Serangan bangsa asing yang semakin intensif setelah kedatangan Perry menyebabkan para daimyo mengimpor senjata dan infrastrukturnya secara mandiri dari Barat.

Pada era 1860-an, kekuatan Tokugawa sudah sedemikian lemah karena ditambah adanya perselisihan internal di ibukota. Hingga pada tahun 1867, pasukan dari domain-domain feodal telah berhamburan mem
Duc Thinh
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
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Stephen Douglas Rowland
This book's style, somewhere between verified biography and historical fiction, is consistently awkward, and that is its main problem. I wished the author had chosen to go either fully novelistic or fully nonfiction. It even feels like Shiba, while writing, was unsure of which direction to take, and a line was drawn between two styles while attempting to incorporate both into the finished product. But it's not a bad book, and I learned a lot and it did not bore me. While confusing at times, one ...more
Ariana Deralte
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Japanese history fans
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An impressively told story about one of Japan's greatest politicians.: Tokugawa Yoshinobu, or Hitotsubashi Keiki as he was known for most of his life, usually languishes in most histories of Japan as an afterthought: "The Tokugawa Shogunate was overthrown in 1868, and then..." Fortunately, Shiba Ryotaro saw fit to write a book about this fascinating last Tokugawa shogun.

The introduction to the book laments the loss of the historical narrative in the Western world, and it's easy to see why. Shib
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A remarkable story of Japan's last Generalissimo Keiki Tokugawa, a man of extreme intellect and a clear vision at a time when nationalist fervour was at its apex. Ryotaro Shiba brings back to life events of mid 19th century Japan teetering on the brink of change, illustrating the story of a true leader, who in full acknowledgement of the shifting sands of time stepped down from his 260 year ancestry post, saving his country the turmoil of a brutal civil war and annexation by foreign powers.
A mus
Moh Ass
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ryotaro Shiba menyampaikan kehidupan shogun terakhir dengan begitu bagus.

Keiki, nama aslinya, merupakan karakter yang menarik - keras kepala, bijaksana, dan fasih. Dari lahir ke Klan Mito sampai menjadi shogun, ia dibantu atau terhambat oleh berbagai hal. Ayahnya, Nariaki, sejak awal percaya kalau Keiki muda kelak akan menjadi shogun.

Keiki untuk bekerja dengan rajin agar dapat mencapai tujuan itu. Banyak yang meninggal dalam membantu dirinya, dan banyak yang meninggal dalam menghambat dirinya. B
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, war, biography
Japan's last Shogun's biography, the life of Tokugawa Yoshinobu is fascinating to read about. There are many biographies about great people who did great things, but books about great people born on the wrong side of history are much more rare. Had Yoshinobu been born into some other position, he could have been one of the most influential people of his generation. He certainly had the ability. But his birth placed him into an institution that was already obsolote and being crushed under the tid ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Again, I read the original Japanese version of this book. Yoshinobu Tokugawa was my favorite figure in the Japanese history. The book reminded me why I liked him - his determination, intelligence and graciousness - although it was a little disappointing to find out the fact that he abandoned his people in the end for self protection. Overall, a good book to learn small part of the Japanese history.
Patrick McCoy
have a big interest in the Meiji restoration, the period when Japan was forced to open up to the world, so Ryotaro Shiba's novel about this period, The Last Shogun (1967) was of great interest to me. However, the novel was very much historically based and therefore something of a slog since there were so many characters and historical references there were not as familiar to me as I would have liked to have enjoyed the novel to the fullest, but an interesting portrait of Yoshinobu Tokugawa, the ...more
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, japan
When this book was originally released, it was published as "historical fiction," since it followed a much more narrative style than most history books usually do. There's narrative, quotes, and reactions which the writer, having not been in the room, could not have known about it. Still, he believed that it would be the best way to take this person, this last of the Tokugawas, and humanize him. Because one of the things that's always been a problem with Japan is that the higher one is in the po ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history
This review is dedicated to my good friend, Pierce Waters, a dedicated student of Asian culture and purveyor of much wisdom associated with that culture. He also gave me this book almost a decade ago and it was shelved before I finished it. So, when I recently discovered it and remembered that my reading had been interrupted, I gladly devoured this fascinating history. However, one should be forewarned that Shiba Ryotaro deliberately designed this work in a narrative style such that it is devoid ...more
Isnaini Nuri
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, novel
Membaca The Last Shogun setelah membaca Taiko dan Mushashi menjadikan buku ini menjadi kurang greget. Tapi meskipun novel kisah yang diceritakan dalam buku ini adalah fakta.

Buku ini menceritakan Tokugawa Yoshinobu, shogun terakhir yang ada di Jepang. Tokugawa Ieyasu mengangkat dirinya sebagai pemimpin tertinggi setelah memenangkan Pertempuran Sekigahara. Untuk pertama kalinya Ieyasu menyebut dirinya sebagai seorang shogun. Pada masa kekuasaannya para pedagang dan misionaris dari Barat sudah bera
Illa P
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"Последният шогун" е роман, но авторът си е поставил за цел стриктно да се придържа към историческите факти. Рьотаро Шиба е един от най-тачените писатели в съвременна Япония. Музеят в Яо, предградие на Осака, събира много поклоници на творчеството му. Самият музей се поддържа от дарения и с безвъзмездния труд на доброволци от всички възрасти.
Теичи Фукуда завършва монголоистика в навечерието на Втората световна война. Мобилизиран е в танковите войски, разположени в Манджурия, а по-късно е прехвър
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2017
Written by one of Japan's most famous historical novelists (of whose works, unfortunately, only very few are available in English translations), this well written biography that reads almost like a novel covers the life and times of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Japan's last shogun who ruled for no more than a year before relinquishing his power in 1868, returning it to the emperor in what became known as the Meiji Restoration. Having been fascinated by this period for quite some time, I've frequently lam ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
If ever a historical figure was the right man at the wrong time, Yoshinobu Tokugawa - the last Shogun - must be him. In Ryotaro Shiba’s novelistic history, “Keiki”, as he is most commonly referred to in this book, was an intelligent, articulate, charismatic leader who would have been a great Shogun; at any time other than that at which he assumed the office.

Keiki was born into an offshoot of the Tokugawa family that made his chances at birth of later becoming Shogun extremely small. However, su
Cerita sejarah mengenai Shogun terakhir di Jepang.
awalnya saya sedikit bingung apa beda Shogun dan Kaisar. Shogun disini terlihat begitu berkuasa sekali. Ternyata shogun tak lain adalah ketua panglima perang Jepang.

Diawal cerita, saya sangat antusias untuk membacanya, saya penasaran bagaimana Keiki yang hanya berasal dari keluarga Mito dimana pada saat itu terlihat mustahil bisa menjadi seorang Shogun. Lambat laun setelah Keiki menjadi seorang Shogun dan berganti nama menjadi Yoshinobu, saya sed
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An excellent historical novel by Shiba Ryotaro on a man who reluctantly became the last Tokugawa Shogun, because he could see the end of the Tokugawa grip on power. His actions and their timing had a major impact on the modernisation of Japan. Julie Winters Carpenter's translation is so smooth that I forgot I was reading a translation. I was moved at times by the difficult choices Yoshinobu had to make. It is excellent in looking into the mind of Yoshinobu and the difficulties he had in making h ...more
Angelic Zaizai

Sampe tamat bukunya, masih belum ngerti ini fiksi atau sejarah hahaha

menceritakan tentang kehidupan Keiki, yang nantinya menjadi Yoshinobu Tokugawa, shogun terakhir di jepang.

awalnya sih menjanjikan ya
tapi lama-lama bingung juga, Keiki alias Hitotsubashi digambarkan pintar, ahli strategi, dan sempurna gitu
tapi kok sepertinya lemah ya
memang dibilang Keiki tidak ambisius, tapi harusnya dengan kecerdikannya masa sih mau aja diatur-atur oleh Satsuma
terlalu pasrah ah
ga seruuu..
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well written biography with some imagined but plausible dialogue that gives it a little novelistic feel; if the events in cause (1868 Meiji restoration) greatly interest you, this is a must book, otherwise it's going to be too detailed when analyzing the political maneuvers; the preface summarizes the events, while the author offers a defense of his approach too, while the book is quite captivating when the main events get under way
Shirley Lee
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in japan's history
finally finished. interesting story of keiki (yoshinobu-last shogun). indeed a play boy of his time. a lot of struggling and back n forth about how keiki became shogun. too much and too long for his process to become the 15th shogun. but would recommend to readers who wants to know how 19th century elites lived. enjoyable read. i finished the book in one night (6 hrs).
Eko Setyo Wacono
saat modernisasi dan westernisasi memasuki jepang. saat katana diganti dengan senapan, dan baju perang diganti dgn jas. jepang tak lagi membutuhkan suatu pemerintahan yang dipimpin oleh seorang pemimpin militer. restorasi meiji mengubah segalanya. bagi yang suka dgn tokoh kenshin himura dalam samurai x, ini adalah jaman dimana tokoh fiksi itu hidup
Beth Roberts
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Moving, but not hagiography. One of the more amazing tales in history, well-told.
Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hasil minjem temen.
Tadinya penasaran karena banyak yang kasih rekomen. Cuman ternyata 100 % cerita biografi, cerita sejarah. Sesuatu yang aku enggak mudeg.
Hilda Ellis-Davidson
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan, history
An emotional tale about the end of an age, brought about by political machinations.
Quite sad at the end
bukunya br aja nyampe meja, dah dipinjem mas hendro
Dec 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read it for some historical facts but the author inserted so much of his speculation.
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Ryōtarō Shiba (司馬 遼太郎)born Teiichi Fukuda (福田 定一 Fukuda Teiichi?, August 7, 1923 – February 12, 1996) in Osaka, Japan, was a Japanese author best known for his novels about historical events in Japan and on the Northeast Asian sub-continent, as well as his historical and cultural essays pertaining to Japan and its relationship to the rest of the world.

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