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Counting Dreams: The Life and Writings of the Loyalist Nun Nomura Bōtō

Roger K. Thomas


This book tells the story of Nomura Bōtō, a Buddhist nun, writer, poet, and activist who joined the movement to oppose the Tokugawa Shogunate and restore imperial rule. Banished for her political activities, Bōtō was imprisoned on a remote island until her comrades rescued her in a dramatic jailbreak, spiriting her away under gunfire. The book examines Bōtō's life, writing, and legacy, and provides annotated translations of two of her literary diaries, shedding light on life and society in Japan's tumultuous bakumatsu period and challenging preconceptions about women's roles in the era. The bo ... More

Keywords: Nomura Bōtō, Buddhist nun, Tokugawa Shogunate, activism, loyalist movement, Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501759994
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501759994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger K. Thomas, author
Illinois State University