Sources of Japanese Tradition: From Earliest Times to 1600

Paperback | April 10, 2002

EditorWm. Theodore de Bary, Donald Keene, George Tanabe

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Sources of Japanese Tradition is a best-selling classic, unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion in the Land of the Rising Sun. In this long-awaited second edition, the editors have revised or retranslated most of the texts in the original 1958 edition, and added a great many selections not included or translated before. They have also restructured volume 1 to span the period from the early Japanese chronicles to the end of the sixteenth century. New additions include:

* readings on early and medieval Shinto and on the tea ceremony,

* readings on state Buddhism and Chinese political thought influential in Japan, and

* sections on women's education, medieval innovations in the uses of history, and laws and precepts of the medieval warrior houses.

Together, the selections shed light on the development of Japanese civilization in its own terms, without reference to Western parallels, and will continue to assist generations of students and lay readers in understanding Japanese culture.

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Sources of Japanese Tradition is a best-selling classic, unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion in the Land of the Rising Sun. In this long-awaited second edition, the editors have revised or retranslated most of the texts in the original 1958 edition, and...

Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus of Columbia University, and currently holds the title of Special Service Professor. He has written extensively on Confucianism in East Asia, and is editor of the first editions of Sources of Chinese Tradition and Sources of Japanese Tradition (both pub...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 6.1 × 9.2 × 0.68 inPublished:April 10, 2002Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231121393

ISBN - 13:9780231121392

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great introduction to japanese culture This is an excellent introduction to Japanese culture and religion. It covers the earliest times all the way up to 1600, and includes a wealth of primary source translations ranging from Chinese court histories which mention the early Japanese, to Shinto prayers and political documents. If you are just looking to learn the history of Japan, I would advise you to look elsewhere, though, as this is specifically a cultural book - you will not get a very detailed history.
Date published: 2004-12-14

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Early Japan 1. The Earliest Records of Japan2. Early Shinto3. Prince Shotoku and His Constitution4. Chinese Thought and Institutions in Early Japan5. Nara BuddhismPart 2: Mahayana Universalism and the Sense of Hierarchy 6. Saicho and Mt. Hiei (Ryusaku Tsunoda and Paul Groner)7. Kukai and Esoteric Buddhism8. The Spread of Esoteric Buddhism9. The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics I10. Amida, the Pure Land, and the Response of the Old Buddhism to the New11. New Voices of History (Paul Varley)12. The Way of the Warrior (Paul Varley)13. Nichiren: The Sun and the Lotus (Philip Yampolsky)14. Zen Buddhism (William Bodiford)15. Shinto in Medieval Japan16. The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics II17. Women's Education18. Law and Precepts for the Warrior Houses (Paul Varley)19. The Regime of the Unifiers (Jurgis S. A. Elisonas)

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The long awaited second edition, with new contributions reflecting who's who in the field, adds new readings and revisions for a more balanced perspecitve... Sources lives again as a useful introduction that "lets the Japanese speak for themselves." A treasure-far and away the most eloquent, elegant, and incisive selection of ancient and medieval writings available in English. The appearance of this new edition is true cause for celebration by anyone seriously interested in Japan.