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Foreigners were not to be trusted and virtually all foreign trade was prohibited. In , Princess Kazunomiya was born into this world of international isolation.

As Kazunomiya matures, she feels more and more like a pawn with no control over her own destiny. Her arranged marriage to a young prince she has fallen in love with is canceled, and a new husband is chosen for her to cement the connection between her royal family and the army.

When she is forced to move from the city of her birth and relocate miles and miles away, her poetry recalls her deep sadness and longing for the beauty of her home. For her fifth book in the Royal Diaries series, Kathryn Lasky presents young readers with an inside look at Japan in the s with a special focus on the Emperor of Japan and his constant struggle for power in a world where foreigners and some of his own countrymen were constantly trying to wrestle away power and open Japan to the whole world.

It is spring, , in Kyoto, Japan, and Kazunomiya, half-sister of the Emperor, feels something is not right within the Imperial Palace where she lives.

She has been promised in marriage to Prince Arisugawa since she was four years old, and her birthday has been changed in order to be compatible with his. When she learns that this marriage to Yoshi is strictly for political reasons, to strengthen the position of the Emperor with the shogun, Kazunomiya is confused and angry. On a moon viewing night and at a formal tea ceremony, Kazunomiya is introduced to Yoshi, and she is not impressed.

It is so rare, so rare in this court full of deceit and treachery. At this time, an American ship enters a Japanese harbor, something that had never been permitted before. The fact that the shogun allows this to happen indicates that he may not be devoted to the Emperor. What is to happen to my marriage to Yoshi? I have many mixed feelings about this. It is the work of Ii Naosuke, his adopted father, and it disgusts her.

That is no life. The doctor is summoned along with a genza to exorcise what evil spirit might be causing her illness. With the genza is an eta, a spirit-catcher girl of the lowest rank of society.

Neither the physician nor the genza is successful, and Auntie dies. Plans escalate toward the marriage of Kazunomiya to the new shogun. Decisions are being made without her consent: her birthday must again be changed to match that of Yoshi, her teeth blackening, coming-of-age ceremony, is scheduled without allowing her mother to choose the date, and her engagement to Arisugawa seems forgotten.

Perhaps it is the spark of the Fire Horse. Kazunomiya ends her diary temporarily as she waits for new part of her life to begin. I keep in my heart my secret love for Arisugawa. But now on the eve of my wedding I prepare to go…to the capital city of Edo, where my friend, Yoshi, waits for me. Do you think that is a good name for her? Why or why not? Kazunomiya was born in the year of Fire Horse. Why does she write that this is bad?

Does she have Fire Horse in her? Why was the person chosen for Kazunomiya to marry changed to another groom? Identify the following:.


Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven, Japan, 1858

However, this engagement was subsequently broken when the Imperial court needed someone for a political marriage with the Tokugawa shogunate. The marriage ceremony was held on 11 February Buddhist nun[ edit ] A series of tragedies hit Princess Kazu between and The death of Shogun Iemochi put an end to their very short marriage, and the couple did not have any children. However their relationship quickly turned sour as public opinion turned against Yoshinobu. They were therefore instrumental in maintaining the lineage of the Tokugawa family.


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