The Thames and I
Title
The Thames and I
Subtitle
A Memoir by Prince Naruhito of Two Years at Oxford
Author
Translator
Hugh Cortazzi
Price
€ 25,95 excl. VAT
ISBN
9781898823988
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
166
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
14 x 21.8 cm
Discipline
Asian Studies
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Table of Contents
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Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Preface to the English edition by HIH Crown Prince Naruhito
Foreword to the Paperback edition by David Warren
Preface to the Japanese edition (1992)
Translator’s Note by Hugh Cortazzi
The Gakush?in
1. Ten Days in the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence:
Arrival in London
Life in the ambassador’s residence
First visit to Oxford
Excursion by the Thames
2. Life in Colonel Hall’s House:
I move to Colonel Hall’s
Studying English
Life in the Hall household
Second visit to Oxford and call at Professor Mathias’s house
Visit to Scotland
Last month at the Halls
3. Entering Oxford:
Arrival at Merton
Before matriculation
University Entrance ceremony
4. About Oxford: 32
‘Dreaming spires’
‘Town and Gown’ – A brief history of Oxford University
College system
Education at Oxford and regular activities in the University
Merton
5. Daily Life at Oxford:
In the mornings
Middle Common Room (MCR)
Shopping and the English character
Draughts and baths
Dinner
High table
Weekends
Family visits
With Oxford students
6. Cultural Life at Oxford:
Films, theatre and music
Photographs taken by HIH The Crown Prince
Enjoying chamber music
Visits to places associated with musicians: England and music
7. Sport:
Rowing
Tennis and squash
Jogging, climbing, skiing and other sporting activities
8. Life as a Research Student at Oxford:
Why I decided to do research on the Thames as a highway
Professor Mathias
Visiting record offices
Dr Highfield
Preparing my thesis
Canals past and future
9. Travels in Britain and Abroad:
Weekend drives in the countryside and around Oxford
Trips in Britain involving overnight stays
Travelling round Europe and meeting European Royal Families
10. Looking Back on My Two Years’ Stay:
The English people as I saw them
On leaving Britain
Postscript
Bibliography
Index

Naruhito

The Thames and I

A Memoir by Prince Naruhito of Two Years at Oxford

Prior to becoming Crown Prince of Japan in 1989, following the death of his grandfather Emperor Showa, Prince Naruhito studied at Merton College, Oxford, from June 1983 to October 1985. His research topic was the River Thames as a commercial highway in the eighteenth century. This marked the first time that anyone in direct succession to the throne had ever studied outside Japan. In 1992, he published a record of his time at Oxford under the title Thames no tomo ni . The memoir, which includes a colour plate section incorporating photographs taken by the Prince, explores his daily life, studies and recreational experiences, including discovering beer and being banned from entering a disco because he was wearing jeans. The Thames and I is a remarkable record, not least because of its candour, but equally because it reveals the Crown Prince as an individual, including his personal charm and sense of humour. It will be of special interest to those wishing to know more about the future emperor of Japan.
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