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Japanese Biographical Index. Ed. by Berend Wispelwey. 3 vols. 2004. Reprint. XXXIX, 1077 pp. Orig. cloth.

While easing the use of the Japanese Biographical Archive the Index is an independant tool for any Japan related biographical research. Comprising 86,800 persons in 127,200 entries compiled from 76 biographic reference books of in total 178 volumes published between 1646 and 1999 it gives alphabetical access to both the Japanese Biographical Archive (JaBA) and the printed editions as well. Beside the emperors and shoguns the biographies represent about all classes and professions, i. a. politicians, military persons, samurais, merchants, medical men, poets, artists, and musicians with special consideration of professions and occupations characteristic for the Japanese culture like masters of the tea ceremony, ikebana artists, waka and haiku poets, and sumo wrestlers. – Each entry with living dates, profession, abbreviations of the used sources and location in the Japanese Biographical Archive. – Additionally about 12,000 cross-references.

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