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Sadako Ohki. Konoe Nobutada's Waka Byobu: Kana Calligraphy and the Triumph of a Displaced Courtier

The life story of the Momoyama period courtier, poet, painter, diarist, and above all calligrapher Konoe Nobutada (1565-1614), is full of intrigue and reversals of fortune. Born into a high-ranking noble family, he managed not only to survive but also to thrive in the turbulent civil war years of the late 16th century. He fell in and out of favour under the consecutive rules of three powerful warlords whose decisive battles led to eventual peace and the unification of Japan. These men were Oda Nobunaga (1534-82), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-98), and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616).

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