Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川 家康 January 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616) was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan which ruled from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. (Wiki)

Iehiro Tokugawa arrives at the publishing house Kobunsha, for which he works on occasion as a translator, accompanied by his Vietnamese wife. He is all in black; she is in blue jeans with a waterfall of shining hair down her back, and very lovely too. Speaking in fluent English, he extends his hand to introduce himself as potentially the 19th shogun in the Tokugawa family line — should Japan ever have use again for a new-style feudal lord with an American accent and an international marriage, that is. “You will remember that Ieyasu Tokugawa established his power base in Edo in 1603,” he begins, clearing his throat nervously. “My family then ruled until the Meiji Reformation towards the end of the 19th century.”

Read full article: Translating in the spirit of samurai (Japan Times)


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