A great many people have helped me to write this book. I am delighted to be
able to acknowledge my debt to them. First, I thank Carol Gluck. Her pas-
sionate commitment to the art and science of Japanese history writing and
the generosity and integrity of her teaching have shaped my scholarship—as
indeed she has shaped the entire field of Japanese studies. It is a privilege to
be her student. I have also learned much from Henry Smith, whose encyclo-
pedic knowledge about the Japanese past and rigorous standards of scholar-
ship and writing continue to inspire me and many others to ever renewed
e√orts. At Columbia I was also aided by Betsy Blackmar, Barbara Brooks,
Victoria de Grazia, and Nancy Stepan. Among the dozens of fellow graduate
students who buoyed me and this project in its early years, I owe special
thanks to the members of my dissertation writing group: Kristine Harris,
Charles Laughlin, Hiroshi Ohta, Andre Schmid, Kris Torgeson, and Mar-
garita Zanasi.
During two periods of research in Japan I received extraordinary kindness,
guidance, and support from the modern Japan historians at Waseda Univer-
sity, particularly from Kano Masanao, Yui Masaomi, Anzai Kunio, Kitagawa
Kenz¯ o, and Okamoto oichi. I am also deeply indebted to the sta√ of the
Nihon Mingeikan, especially Sugiyama Takashi, Mimura Kyoko, and Utsumi
Teiko. Sugiyama-san, in particular, was unstintingly helpful, friendly, and
generous as a guide to the world of folk art (and good food) in Tokyo and
beyond. While he and his colleagues may not agree with all of the arguments
presented here, I hope they will tolerate them as an earnest e√ort to make my
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