Further Information

Listed here are either websites, YouTube videos, some books and films that really could not be done as a full review for the “Reviews” section (Note: Historical fiction novels will not be listed here but rather the “Reviews” page). Links will be provided and will be updated to make sure that they are still working. I know how hard it is to find English sources on this subject, so to help, this list has been provided for my readers.

Again, as stated in the reviews page, none of the links are sponsored content unless stated otherwise. The links are only there to help my readers find the sources that I have used in my articles.

Books

Sengoku Jidai: Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu: Three Unifiers of Japan by Danny Chaplin (2018)

This book tends to be looked down upon by pseudo-historians, mainly because it is a self-published book. Nevertheless, this book is the only English source that talks about the events of the Sengoku Jidai in depth. It does focus a lot on the political background to certain events and talks about how everyday people would have lived during this age of constant war, something we do not get from most history books. It is well researched and contains a number of footnotes as well. While the paperback has gone up in price since I had purchased it myself, it is affordable for those who wish to read it on the Kindle.

In Search of Japan’s Hidden Christians: A Story of Suppression, Secrecy and Survival by John Dougill (2012)

This book is the good resource on the history of Christianity in Japan and the years of persecution that followed during the Edo Period. The author traveled all over southern Japan, visiting places that are significant for Christians in Japan. This was released before Martin Scorsese’s Silence (2016), but it does talk about the book it was based off of and its history. The history also extends past the Edo Period and goes into the lives of “Hidden Christians” in the present-day. The book is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi by Stephen Turnbull (2010)

This is a great crash course book on Toyotomi Hideyoshi that can be read in a couple of hours. Covers everything from the beginning to the end of his life in a span of 64 pages, mainly focusing on the military campaigns after Hideyoshi’s rise to power. The price seems high for the content, but even the back cover has it listed for $18.95USD…Kindle is cheaper for those who cannot afford paperback, and if you have an account with Scribd, it is included in your membership.

Two Japanese Christian Heroes by Johannes Laures, S.J. (1959)

I happened to come across this book by chance while trying to find some information on Blessed Takayama Ukon. This book, while over sixty years old, provides a biography on two of Japan’s most famous Christian converts: Takayama Ukon and Hosokawa Gracia. While getting your hands on a physical copy might be difficult, Amazon has converted the text to Kindle format at a low and affordable price. A great read for anyone wanting to learn more about both Takayama Ukon and Hosokawa Gracia.