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Series cast summary:
Michael Auslin Michael Auslin ...  Himself - Nikko Toshogu Shrine 3 episodes, 2004
Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey ...  Herself - Otsuma Women's University 3 episodes, 2004
Richard Chamberlain ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 2004
Michael Cooper Michael Cooper ...  Himself - Former editor, 'Monumenta Nipponica' 3 episodes, 2004
Ryonosuke Etoh Ryonosuke Etoh 3 episodes, 2004
Mariko Fujiwara Mariko Fujiwara 3 episodes, 2004
Daisuke Igakura Daisuke Igakura 3 episodes, 2004
James Kent James Kent 3 episodes, 2004
Isao Machii Isao Machii 3 episodes, 2004
Alexei Podtheko Alexei Podtheko 3 episodes, 2004
Luke S. Roberts Luke S. Roberts ...  Himself - UC Santa Barbara 3 episodes, 2004
Toshihiro Satô Toshihiro Satô 3 episodes, 2004
Shin Ya-nae Shin Ya-nae 3 episodes, 2004
Eiko Ikegami Eiko Ikegami ...  Herself - Otsuma Women's University 2 episodes, 2004
Cecilia Segawa Seigle Cecilia Segawa Seigle ...  Herself - University of Pennsylvania 2 episodes, 2004
Harutoshi Takafuji Harutoshi Takafuji ...  Himself - Nikko Toshogu Shrine 2 episodes, 2004
Hirofumi Yamamoto Hirofumi Yamamoto ...  Himself - University of Tokyo 2 episodes, 2004


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26 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Excellent PBS documentary
11 May 2006 | by kdmagnussonSee all my reviews

This excellent PBS documentary series consists of three parts of 1 hour each covering Japanese history from the arrival of the Portuguese in 1543 to the arrival of Perry and the Americans in 1854. Narrated by Richard Chamberlain, interspersed with interviews of Western and Japanese academics, this fascinating show is illustrated with re-enactments and period art work. Part I covers the Momoyama period of civil war through Nobunaga to Hideyoshi and tells of the rise of Tokugawa Ieasu and ends with the siege of Osaka castle in 1615. Part II covers the Tokugawa Shogunate from 1603 to the Shimabara rebellion in 1638, which led to the closure of Japan under Ieasu's grandson. Western influence, including Christianity, is important in this period. Part III covers the period of Japanese isolation, from the time of the Dutch concession in Nagasaki harbor up to the arrival of American commodore Matthew Perry in 1854. The Samurai class declines during this period as the merchant class rises, Japanese culture flourishes, and Edo (Tokyo) becomes the largest city in the world.

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