About the Cover Illustration

Mikado is not only the name of the game of pick-up-sticks, or the title of the popular musical by Gilbert and Sullivan—it was the word used in the past for the emperor of Japan. The illustration on the cover of The Mikado Method is from an early eighteenth-century silk screen of Emperor Seiwa (844-897), the fourth son of Emperor Montoku. Before his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, Emperor Seiwa’s personal name was Korehito; the first member of the Imperial House to be personally named “hito.” One meaning of this suffix is the Confucian concept of “ren,” a virtue denoting the good feeling a human experiences when being altruistic. It later became tradition to name all male members of the Imperial Family this ...

Get The Mikado Method now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.