#atozchallenge: Z is for Zaibatsu


by Lillian Csernica on April 30, 2018

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Zaibatsu means “financial clique.” When the Tokugawa Shogunate was in its last days, a few far-sighted samurai families positioned themselves to take the best advantage of the changing political and financial landscape.

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With the help of key Western advisors such as Thomas Blake Glover, “the Scotsman who built Japan,” these families were the leaders in Japan’s Industrial Revolution. That some of these family names are familiar right now in the 21st Century is a testament to the success of their business strategies.

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The zaibatsu form the backdrop against which my Kyoto Steampunk series take place. Just as fairies don’t like cold iron, the yokai of Japan resent the presence of steel and concrete. So much of the natural splendor of Japan has been destroyed thanks to the greed of industrialists.

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Thank you for joining me during the A to Z Blog Challenge for 2018. I hope you’ve found every letter both informative and entertaining. There is so much to know about Japan, yokai, and all the historical factors at work during the Meiji Restoration. I can’t wait to write the next story!

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6 responses to “#atozchallenge: Z is for Zaibatsu

  1. Hey! Who’s that one-eyed fella with the lantern at the end? Looks interesting!

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  2. Just dropped in here for the last letter of this challenge. Hope you had an awesome month!

    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/2018/04/z-is-for-zug.html

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  3. Congratulations on competing the challenge Lillian, I have enjoyed reading your posts through the month.
    https://iainkellywriting.com/2018/04/30/z-is-for-zaragoza-spain/

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  4. And thanks for giving us this series, Lillian. I really really enjoyed it. Japan is a wonderful country we normally know too little about, it’s apleasure to learn about it from someonw who loves it.

    Took me some time, but I reached the end of the series. Fantastic one!

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