Satomi Kurosu (Reitaku University)

Marriage in Early Modern Japan: Family Strategies and Individual Lives

Abstract: The presentation discusses recent developments of Japanese historical
demography in the collection of sources, construction of data bases, and analytical results based primarily on marriage. Eurasia Project revealed important similarities that affected the timing of marriage in the communities studied in Europe and Asia. In addition to the common Asian pattern of early and universal marriage, there were, however, distinct features of Japanese marriage that included practice of uxorilocal marriage, and frequent divorce and remarriage. The data reveal intricate individual life courses that were bound to the stem family organization. The presentation also discusses the long term implication of universal marriage and stem family ideal in understanding the contemporary Japanese marriage.