Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire 2004 NR 3 episodes As Europeans worked to conquer the world and extend their reach to other parts of the globe -- at times imposing their beliefs on citizens of other countries -- the people of Japan were decidedly isolationist, advocating separation as it nurtured its culture and traditions under its leader, Tokugawa Ieyasu. This documentary spotlights 16th and 17th century Japan as seen through the eyes of the samurai, the artist, the foreigner and many others.
If you want a book that covers the period, I recommend Conrad Totman's biography of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The pickings are slim, in English, but this old book holds up pretty well. (I do not recommend Jansen's 'Making of Modern Japan' for coverage of this campaign, though I do recommend it as an excellent 1-volume modern history.). Also good is Walter Dening's biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, sympathetic and perceptive.