and Choshu. Hellyer acknowledges the importance of bakumatsu politics ¯ ¯ but also connects Satsuma's Paris enterprise to its long-term search for additional markets, especially for Ryukyuan products. While the Paris Centennial Exposition offered a unique opportunity to challenge the shogunate, it was also part of a longer tradition of promoting the Ryukyu trade. Hellyer covers an enormous range of material but ties it together through the central theme of the politics of trade. His discussions of silver mining in Potosi, Armenian merchants in Burma, and methods for estimating the potency of ginseng all come together with surprising elegance. His thoughtful reinterpretation of Japanese domestic politics within the broader context of international politics and trade is a valuable contribution to our understanding of early modern Japan. Detailed yet highly readable, this study deserves wide readership. Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Japan. By Eric C. Rath. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2010. xiv, 242 pages. $49.95, cloth and E-book. Japanese Foodways, Past and Present. Edited by Eric C. Rath and Stephanie Assmann. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 2010. ix, 290 pages. $80.00, cloth; $28.00, paper. Reviewed by Timothy Y. Tsu Kwansei Gakuin University One might say there was
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