Roger J. Davies

Japanese Culture

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Japanese Culture: The Religious and Philosophical Foundations takes readers on a detailed and thoroughly researched journey through Japan's cultural history.This much-anticipated sequel to Roger Davies's best-selling The Japanese Mind provides a comprehensive overview of the religion and philosophy of Japan. This cultural history of Japan explains the diverse cultural traditions that underlie modern Japan and offers readers deep insights into Japanese manners and etiquette. Davies begins with an investigation of the origins of the Japanese, followed by an analysis of the most important approaches used by scholars to describe the essential elements of Japanese culture. From there, each chapter focuses on one of the formative elements: Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, and Western influences in the modern era.Davies concludes each chapter with extensive endnotes along with thought-provoking discussion activities, making this volume ideal for individual readers and for classroom instruction. Anyone interested in pursuing a deeper understanding of this complex and fascinating nation will find Davies's work an invaluable resource.
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    Natallia Shauchenkahas quoted4 years ago
    The shrines of Ise [for example], which are pulled down and rebuilt in exact replica every twenty years
    Natallia Shauchenkahas quoted4 years ago
    Shinto: the roots of a tree; imbedded in the very heart of the Japanese people
    • Confucianism: the trunk and branches; politics, morality, and education
    • Buddhism: the flowers; religious feelings bloom as flowers
    Natallia Shauchenkahas quoted4 years ago
    The men, both small and great, tatoo their faces and work designs on their bodies.

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