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doc à Princess Masako Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne ☆ Kindle Edition È johnscyclingdiary î [EPUB] ✻ Princess Masako Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne By Ben Hills – It's the fantasy of many young women marry a handAl family's darkest secrets secrets that can never be openly discussed in Japan because of the reverence in which the emperor and his family are held But most of all this Masako Prisoner of Kindle #209 is a story about a love affair that went tragically wron I rate this book 2 stars for content 3 stars for interest The book is about Crown Princess Masako married to Crown Prince Naruhito Much of the information in this book was acuired second hand and at times has a somewhat loose tabloid feel to it This is understandable since it’s virtually impossible to obtain info on the secretive life of the Japanese royalty The thing that bothers me about this book is the author’s blatant prejudice against the life and culture of the Japanese royalty I do not recall reading one single positive thing But maybe there really isn’t anythingThe book held my interest because it opened my eyes to a subject I had absolutely no knowledge about I was dismayed to see how Masako who was beautiful talented intelligent accomplished a champion soft ball player and avid skier was stripped of all of her freedom and now lives like a bird trapped yes trapped in a gilded cage She cannot even see her parents when she wants to and in fact the first 3 years of her marriage she was allowed to see them only 5 times She has no computer no telephone is virtually cut off from the outside world and has to get permission to go anywhere She even needs to make an appointment to see her in laws Naruhito’s parents Once when asked about her main interest she wrote about finding a bug on a leaf and taking care of it for a year It’s no wonder she is in depression Read this book just to see what kind of life not to choose Real princesses do not have fairy tale lives

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It's the fantasy of many young women Prisoner of PDFEPUB #189 marry a handsome prince move into a luxurious palace and live happily ever after But that's not how it turned out for Masako Owada Ben Hills's fascinating portrait of Princess Masako and the Chrys To begin I must admit that I have spent a great deal of my time soaking up Japanese culture which has little to do with my heritage I have read countless articles about the subject of Crown Princess Masako and the of the struggle to find the next in line for the throne That being said I was looking forward to reading this book My hope was to gain insight on the life of Princess Masako and life in the palace If that is what you're looking for but have studied enough Japanese history and keep up with current politics of the country you might be disappointed I wasThe book isn't just about Princess Masako and her life inside the palace and up to that point The reader learns that Princess Masako has been around the world moving from place to place as her father's job changes She has learned multiple languages been educated in multiple countries and spent a good deal of time outside her home country We learn she was career minded and wanted nothing to do with marriage especially to the Crown PrinceThe author speaks a lot about the Crown Prince as well We learn a bit about his time away from home to attend college The Crown Prince seems good natured in the descriptions given and seems to have fallen in love with Princess Masako at first sight It is here that we find the beginning of the story which is told in somewhat flowery language I'm used to in fiction than in non fictionThe author continuously points out the fact that the kunaicho Imperial Household Agency is the cause of much of the problems in Princess Masako's life In fact at times it almost feels as though the book is just as much about them as the Princess herself The author also never received any real information from the agency as it is closed off to much of the press except for what they want the world to know about the palace lifeIn fact the author references people who seem to have said nothing much at all and gives us glimpses of hearsay that he sometimes dismisses as such A picture is painted of two different Maasako's from These glimpses into her past Those interviewed from her school and college days all tend to say the same thing she was a hard worker and they couldn't believe she gave up her career to marry the Crown Prince The other Masako is treated as being spoilt and given advances in her career she didn't deserve Many of the latter inferences the author notes come from people who may hold a grudge against Masako and have no real founding As far as other references I noted that two of the online sources are not something I would've ever as a student been permitted to use on a paper and that my college professor would cringe at seeing in the reference list here The notable of the two Wikipedia site that can be edited by anyone and is often found to have no factual base or actual references in some of their entries I'm not even sure where these references were used since the author made no mention of these sites in his workSetting that aside if you don't know much about the imperial family of Japan and are looking for some insight this book could be for you It was an okay read for me but I didn't leant much than I already knew

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Princess Masako Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum ThroneAnthemum Throne draws on research in Tokyo and rural Japan at Oxford and Harvard Princess Masako Epuband from than sixty interviews with Japanese American British and Australian sources many of whom have never spoken publicly before shedding light on the roy While the title and focus is Princess Masako the book is really an introduction to and an analysis of the Japanese royal family Author Ben Hills describes its position in Japan and how it compares and contrasts with the remaining reigning monarchies in the world The author has done a lot of homework and has produced a highly readable bookPerhaps the closest comparison to Masako's situation would be Princess Diana but as Hills points out this is not even close Diana was able to choose her staff such as her famously loyal butlerauthor of A Royal Duty that shows his full support of Diana Masako's staff is free since they inherit their positions to undermine her start whispering campaigns and plant negative stories in the press This is not likely to change Diana chose issues and charities that might have horrified her in laws but as a spouse or former spouse they could not stop her Diana as nature would have it performed the duty producing not one but two direct line male heirs Masako has none of these advantages Even seeing her parents is an ordealThis royal family stripped of its power and most of its wealth after WWII is beholden to the political power of the agency that manages them and their household While the general public might want to see a popular monarch the monarchy itself derives its political support from the extreme right wing of Japanese politics which wants to conserve the traditional ways The monarchs who live under this yoke receive the respectful bows of the staff but in reality it is the monarchs who must grovel to the system Hills never points to this directly but it is the only conclusion that can be drawn The power of this agency and the politicians that support it is shown in how this book has been banned in JapanIf you know about and understand Japan's monarchical system this will not be the book for you But for the vast majority of English language readers who are interested in Japan there will be lot that is new I highly recommend this book