By Curtis Andressen
A entire historical past of the land of the emerging sunlight, from its historic origins to its attention-grabbing current. Few international locations were the topic of quite a bit scholarly cognizance but stay so elusive. An more and more prevalent country via shared tourism and company relationships, there's nonetheless very much approximately Japan and its previous that defies categorization or generalization; very much that leaves the customer questioned. Who precisely are the japanese? Are they peace-loving or warlike? Creators of stunningly attractive artwork types or destroyers of pristine typical environments? Isolationist or expansionist? thoughtful of different cultures or arrogantly dismissive? keen participants of the foreign group or shy and scared of enticing with others? Deeply conventional or hugely Westernised? Wildly profitable or perched at the fringe of financial disaster? Japan has lengthy been characterised by means of such deeply divergent interpretations. right here, Curtis Andressen delves into Japan's great heritage to give an explanation for the present demanding situations the rustic faces. From the sunrise of time while the 1st settlers arrived within the islands of Japan, via feudalism with its heavy imprint of authoritarianism to 20th-century adventurism, American career, breakneck monetary progress and modern uncertainty, Andressen lines the major features of jap tradition and the way those have manifested within the country's political approach, economic climate and society to create a different identification. it really is meant for someone with a realistic reason behind figuring out extra approximately Japan - scholars, academics, travelers, enterprise humans - in addition to these for whom clean insights into Japan's wealthy tradition and precise historical past could make compelling examining.
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Additional resources for A Short History of Japan: From Samurai to Sony (A Short History of Asia series)
The impact on Japan continued for several hundred years, only waning in the eighth century, dramatically changing the culture. Specific dates are, naturally, only approximations used to anchor the period. Some sources give the dates of AD 552 (introduction of Buddhism) to 784 (end of the Nara period) as the period of the greatest Chinese cultural impact. In the fifth century Japan had a significant presence (sometimes erroneously called a colony or proto-colony) in the southeast part of Korea, around the present-day city of Pusan.
Generally speaking there were two different − en. The first were owned by aristocrats or bureaukinds of sho crats sent out from the political centre. The second were owned by farmers who had, over time, built up sizeable holdings. The latter were constantly fearful of losing their tax-free status to a government that needed revenue. In order to protect themselves, they often gave up the formal title of their lands to a local aristocrat or bureaucrat, or a clergyman from a shrine or temple. The latter protected them from government pressure, in exchange receiving a portion of the rice cultivated on the land.
It puts more emphasis on the behaviour of individuals than on the role of the Buddhist clergy. In its journey across China, Mahayana Buddhism also picked up a range of Chinese characteristics and by the time it arrived in Japan it had a heaven and hell, numerous deities, and alternative interpretations of Buddhist teachings and ways to achieve enlightenment. These differing views led to the emergence of multiple sects, which have had varying historical impacts. Buddhism brought an element of structure to Japanese religion.