Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne [Ben Hills] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A portrait of Princess Masako, the. 19 May According to Ben Hills, author of the controversial book “Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne,” the governmental branch. 19 Feb Book Cover Princess Masako – Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne Japan’s extreme sensitivity over its royal family was laid bare yesterday.

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I do wish that the Diet would change the rules of succession so that primogeniture would be equal, rather than male-based, because it’s terrible that she’s so stressed over the pressure of bearing an male heir. Just a huge money pit which is wholely unnecessary. Fascinating subject matter but rather boring in its execution. Apr 08, Leslie rated it liked it Shelves: And finally, though Skippy. Retrieved 30 January With the Emperor himself ailing with cancer, the imperial system in Japan seems to be in deep crisis.

Ptisoner of this, cause Princess Masako’s mental health decline. Kazunobu Kakishima, a Kodansha editor, says that the book was cancelled because Hills refused to acknowledge making a “substantial number of factual errors”. In Chinese version, the translation shows Australia.

The author speaks a lot about the Crown Prince as well. The author state that the book was written after over a year of research in JapanAustraliaAmerica and Englandand interviews with friends, teachers and colleagues of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess. The control by the lackeys of the royal family is a centuries’ old practice, and Masako has no way to be free, so one would only anticipate nothing but sadness for whatever years she still has to prisoneer, a choice from which she cannot escape.

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And Kunaicho to obey his will Ben Hills memotret Jepang dengan menarik. If you know about and understand Japan’s monarchical system, this will not be the book for you. That is sad and unfortunate in a country so advanced in other ways. 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. And for that reason, I found the book interesting and even enjoyable. You can thronne alot of these faggots clogging up the forums of Gaia Online, hanging out in the international aisle of the supermarket, or crowding the manga section of your local bookstore.


No, you should be labeled as a weeaboo. It is an absolute waste of money that could be spent prjncess more wisely. The writing is meh. She is simply portrayed as a highly educated princeds aloof individual who may or may not have been in love when she married her prince.

Publisher Kodansha was slated to release a Japanese translation inwhich was to contain changes. Refresh and try again. I rate this book 2 stars for content, 3 stars for interest. She has no computer, no telephone, is virtually cut off from the outside chrysantemum, and has to get permission to go anywhere.

Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne by Ben Hills

One who is not aware of ancient immovable systems intertwined with the fear of the deep unconscious may not understand this. Many parts of this book read like a tabloid. If you’re really interested in this book, you’re better borrowing it from a library or a friend, or simply doing your own research online. Go make your own country a Republic first and if it already is then I suspect you begin to get some idea of why we have Royalty in the first place, and its historical role and present day significance.

Better yet, think about the newspaper industry — what would News of the World be without the royals?

I was devastated to think that this bright woman getting ruined and destroyed by the old-school-to-the-core Royal Family and the sorrounding system. To ask other readers questions about Princess Masakoplease sign up. 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 life.


My complaint is that it was light on facts or citiations so I didn’t walk away thinking this was a factual depiction but more of a guessing game. This is a fascinating account of Japanese royalty and the extreme to which one woman and her family were forced to sacrifice to maintain the hereditary line. An interesting read but ultimately too polite in its investigation of how the Princess is perceived by longtime staff members of the royal household.

Perhaps for the participants it was more real than theater. Do away with the whole thing and let Masako live in peace! But I would recommend that you only report what you know rather than speculate.

Real princesses do not have fairy tale lives. Bear with me while I lay the foundation for the question. However, after the bullying from the government they announced last Friday Feb 16 that they would not be going ahead with publication.

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See 1 question about Princess Masako…. The dozen or so household staff members there turned in the opposite direction. I thought Ben Hills did quite a good job, in these circumstances.

At the news conference before her trip, she described the strain she had felt from not being able to go abroad. She has had a fairly good life based on Japanese standards.

Jan 03, Nyonya Buku rated it liked it Shelves: Although the origin of her illness has not been formally specified, Imperial family watchers have blamed the pressure placed on her to give birth to a son, because only a male can ascend the throne. Depression hits like a ghost in the night— often orincess kind of safety valve to insanity… felt at a personal level and not easily explained or captured by isms or grand systems.