There are not a lot of these. Those I think particularly good  for understanding Shintaro's world, I have marked with a double  asterisk and highlighted.

Berry,  Mary Elizabeth, Japan in Print: Information and Nation in the Early Modern Period. University of California, 2007. ISBN 9780520254176

**Blomhoff, Jan Cock, The Court Journey to the Shōgun of Japan. Hotei, 2000. ISBN 9789074822183

Botsman, Daniel V., Punishment and Power in the Making of Modern Japan. Princeton University Press, 2007 ISBN 9780691130309

Buyo Inshi, Lust, Commerce and Corruption: an Account of What I Have Seen and Heard by an Edo Samurai. Columbia University Press, 2014 ISBN 9780231166447

**Cunningham, Don, Taiho-jutsu : Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai. Tuttle, 2004 ISBN 9780804835367

**Dunn, Charles J., Everyday Life in Traditional Japan. Tuttle, 1972

**Gerstle, C. Andrew (ed.) 18th Century Japan. Allen & Unwin, 1989 ISBN 0043800319

**Hanley, Susan B. Everyday Things in Premodern Japan. University of California Press, 1999 ISBN 9780520218123

Ikegami, Eiko, Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture. Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN 9780521601153

Jansen, Marius B., China in the Tokugawa World. Harvard University Press, 2000 ISBN 0674002660

Leupp, Gary P., Servants, Shophands and Laborers in the cities of Tokugawa Japan. Princeton University Press, 1994 ISBN 9780691029610

Macintyre, Michael, The Shogun Inheritance: Japan and the Legacy of the Samurai. William Collins, 1981. ISBN 0002163599

Maruyama, Masao, Studies in the Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan, trans. by Mikiso Hane. Princeton University Press, 1974. ISBN 0691008329

**Naito, Akira, Edo, the City That Became Tokyo: an Illustrated History. Kodansha International, 2003 ISBN 9784770027573

Nakane, Chie and Shinzaburō Ōishi, eds., Tokugawa Japan: the Social and Economic Antecedents of Modern Japan. University of Tokyo Press, 1990. 0860084906

**Nishiyama, Matsunosuke, Edo Culture: Daily Life and Diversions in Urban Japan, 1600-1868. trans & ed. by Gerald Goremer. University of Hawai'i Press, 1997. ISBN 9780824818500

**NouŽt, NoŽl, The Shogun's City: a History of Tokyo. trans. John & MichŤle Mills. Paul Norbury Publications, 1990. ISBN 0904404617

Perrin, Noel, Giving Up the Gun: Japan'e Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879. David R. Godine, 1979. ISBN 0879232781

Plummer, Katherine, The Shogun's Reluctant Ambassadors: Sea Drifters. Lotus Press, 1984

Roberts, Luke S., Performing the Great Peace: Political and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan. University of Hawaii Press, 2012 ISBN 9780824835132

Seigle, Cecilia Segawa, Yoshiwara: the Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan. University of Hawaii Press, 1993. ISBN 0824814886

**Siebold, Philipp Franz von, Manners and Customs of the Japanese in the Nineteenth Century. Tuttle, 1973 ISBN 0804810818

Toby, Ronald B., State and Diplomacy in Early Modern  Japan: Asia in  the Development of the Tokugawa Bakufu. Stanford University Press, 1991 (c. 1984) ISBN 0804719527

**Totman, Conrad, Early Modern Japan. University of California Press, 1993 ISBN 0520080262

**Vaporis, Constantine Nomikos, Tour of Duty: Samurai Military Service in Edo and the Culture of Early Modern Japan. University of Hawai'i Press, 2008 ISBN 9780824832056

**Walthall, Anne, ed. & trans.,  Peasant Uprisings in Japan. University of Chicago, 1991 ISBN 0226872343

Walthall, Anne, Social Protest and Popular Culture in Eighteenth-Century Japan. University of Arizona Press, 1986 ISBN 0816509611

**Yamakawa, Kikue, Women of the Mito Domain: Recollections of Samurai Family Life trans.  by Kate Wildman Nakai. Stanford University Press, 2001 ISBN 0804731497

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