A History of Writing in Japan

This book deals chronologically with the history of writing in Japan, a subject which spans a period of 2,000 years, beginning with the transmission of writing from China in about the first or second century AD, and concluding with the use ...

Author: Christopher Seeley

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 082482217X

Category: History

Page: 264

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This book deals chronologically with the history of writing in Japan, a subject which spans a period of 2,000 years, beginning with the transmission of writing from China in about the first or second century AD, and concluding with the use of written Japanese with computers. Topics dealt with include the adoption of Chinese writing and its subsequent adaptation in Japan, forms of writing employed in works such as the "Kojiki" and "Man'yoshu," development of the "kana" syllabaries, evolution of mixed character-"kana" orthography, historical "kana" usage, the rise of literacy during the Edo period, and the main changes that have taken place in written Japanese in the modern period (ca. 1868 onwards). This is the first full-length work in a European language to provide the Western reader with an overall account of the subject concerned, based on extensive examination of both primary and secondary materials.

Realms of Literacy

This book illuminates not only the textual practices of early Japanese civilization but also the comparative history of writing and literacy in the ancient world.

Author: David Barnett Lurie

Publisher: Harvard Univ Council on East Asian

ISBN: 0674060652

Category: History

Page: 497

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Drawing on varied archaeological and archival sources, David B. Lurie highlights the diverse modes and uses of writing that coexisted in Japan between the first and eighth centuries. This book illuminates not only the textual practices of early Japanese civilization but also the comparative history of writing and literacy in the ancient world.

A History of the Japanese Language

A History of the Japanese Language is invaluable to all those interested in the Japanese language and also students of language change generally.

Author: Bjarke Frellesvig

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139488808

Category: Foreign Language Study

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Bjarke Frellesvig describes the development of the Japanese language from its recorded beginnings until the present day as reflected by the written sources and historical record. Beginning with a description of the oldest attested stage of the language, Old Japanese (approximately the eighth century AD), and then tracing the changes which occurred through the Early Middle Japanese (800–1200), Late Middle Japanese (1200–1600) and the Modern Japanese (1600–onwards) periods, a complete internal history of the language is examined and discussed. This account provides a comprehensive study of how the Japanese language has developed and adapted, providing a much needed resource for scholars. A History of the Japanese Language is invaluable to all those interested in the Japanese language and also students of language change generally.

A History of Japan to 1334

He has made use of the work of leading Japanese historians, and consulted primary sources.

Author: Sir George Bailey Sansom

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804705232

Category: History

Page: 500

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Explains the structure of the feudal society, describes the rise of economic life and tells of the impact of Commodore Perry's arrival in 1853. Bibliographical notes

The Book in Japan

This monograph covers every major aspect of the book in traditional Japan: its place in Japanese history; books as material objects; manuscript cultures; printing; the Edo period book trade; authors and readers; and importation and ...

Author: Peter Kornicki

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824823370

Category: History

Page: 520

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This monograph covers every major aspect of the book in traditional Japan: its place in Japanese history; books as material objects; manuscript cultures; printing; the Edo period book trade; authors and readers; and importation and exportation."

The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji

This book is essential to anyone who is planning to take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and will appeal to beginning students as well as those who wish to attain higher-level mastery of the Japanese language.

Author: Christopher Seely

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462917730

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 704

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Learn over 2,000 Japanese Kanji characters with this user-friendly Japanese language-learning book. This unique Kanji study guide provides a comprehensive introduction to all the Kanji characters on the Japanese Ministry of Education's official Joyo ("General Use") list—providing detailed notes on the historical development of each character as well as all information needed by students to read and write them. As fascinating as it is useful, this is the book every Japanese language learners keeps on his or her desk and visits over and over. This Kanji book includes: Clear, large-sized entries All of the General Use Joyo Kanji Characters Japanese readings and English meanings stroke-count stroke order usage examples mnemonic hints for easy memorization The components which make up each character are detailed, and the Kanji are graded in difficulty according to Ministry of Education guidelines, allowing students to prioritize the order in which the Kanji are learned and track their progress. This book is essential to anyone who is planning to take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and will appeal to beginning students as well as those who wish to attain higher-level mastery of the Japanese language. It is the only book that also provides historical and etymological information about the Japanese Kanji. This latest edition has been updated to include all of the 2,136 Kanji on the expanded Joyo list issued by the Japanese government in 2010. Many entries have been revised to include the most recent research on character etymologies.

A History of Japan

A history of Japan from ancient times to today explores Japan's impact on the modern world and examines its unique past and culture to explain its achievements and responses to world events.

Author: Kenneth Henshall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230346628

Category: History

Page: 288

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A history of Japan from ancient times to today explores Japan's impact on the modern world and examines its unique past and culture to explain its achievements and responses to world events.

A History of Japanese Literature

The Mikado has had something they call History written on his . ' ' It will do ... The
Makura Zōshi is the first example of a style of writing which afterwards became
popular in Japan under the name of Zuihitsu or “ following the pen . ” There is no
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Author: William George Aston

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X001201017

Category: Japanese literature

Page: 408

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Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan

He would either have written in fair Chinese , like the mass of early Japanese
prose writers ( and his Preface shows that he could do so if he were so minded ) ;
or , if the tradition of there baving been a history written in the native tongue had ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044106215569

Category: Japan

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A History of Japanese Literature

A new simplified edition translated by Don Sanderson. The original three-volume work, first published in 1979, has been revised specially as a single volume paperback which concentrates on the development of Japanese literature.

Author: Shūichi Katō

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1873410484

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 400

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A new simplified edition translated by Don Sanderson. The original three-volume work, first published in 1979, has been revised specially as a single volume paperback which concentrates on the development of Japanese literature.

History of Writing

It is unknown whether there was writing in Japan before the introduction of
Chinese writing. It appears that a knotrecord system, like the one known in
Japan's southern Ryūkyū Islands, may also have been used in Japan itself.34
After the Han ...

Author: Steven Roger Fischer

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861895882

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

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From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world. Commencing with the first stages of information storage, Fischer focuses on the emergence of complete writing systems in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC. He documents the rise of Phoenician and its effect on the Greek alphabet, generating the many alphabetic scripts of the West. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese writing systems are dealt with in depth, as is writing in pre-Columbian America. Also explored are Western Europe's medieval manuscripts and the history of printing, leading to the innovations in technology and spelling rules of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Writing and Literacy in Chinese Korean and Japanese

The book describes, often in comparison with English, how the Chinese, Korean and Japanese writing systems originated and developed; how each relates to its spoken language; how it is learned or taught; how it can be computerized; and how ...

Author: Insup Taylor

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027217943

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 412

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Chinese, Japanese, South (and North) Koreans in East Asia have a long, intertwined and distinguished cultural history and have achieved, or are in the process of achieving, spectacular economic success. Together, these three peoples make up one quarter of the world population.They use a variety of unique and fascinating writing systems: logographic Chinese characters of ancient origin, as well as phonetic systems of syllabaries and alphabets. The book describes, often in comparison with English, how the Chinese, Korean and Japanese writing systems originated and developed; how each relates to its spoken language; how it is learned or taught; how it can be computerized; and how it relates to the past and present literacy, education, and culture of its users.Intimately familiar with the three East Asian cultures, Insup Taylor with the assistance of Martin Taylor, has written an accessible and highly readable book. Writing and Literacy in Chinese, Korean and Japanese is intended for academic readers (students in East Asian Studies, linguistics, education, psychology) as well as for the general public (parents, business, government). Readers of the book will learn about the interrelated cultural histories of China, Korea and Japan, but mainly about the various writing systems, some exotic, some familar, some simple, some complex, but all fascinating.

Japan

" The present Stanford edition, the first to appear in paperback in the United States, is a photographic reproduction of the British edition except in two particulars: eight of the original twenty plates have been dropped, and the maps have ...

Author: Sir George Bailey Sansom

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804709548

Category: History

Page: 548

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Japan: A Short Cultural History was first published in 1931 by the Cresset Press in London and D. Appleton in New York. Writing in the Journal of American Oriental Society in 1959, Edwin O. Reischauer, Harvard professor and leading scholar in Japanese history and culture (and future United States Ambassador to Japan) said this of George Sansom's comprehensive account of Japanese history: "When Sir George Sansom's Japan: A Short Cultural History appeared in 1931, it raised the study of Japanese history in the West to new levels. Its penetrating analysis of institutions, sensitive interpretations of cultural developments, and stylistic charm contrasted with the plodding pedestrian surveys and over-written anecdotal accounts that had hitherto served in the Occident as introductions to Japanese history." The present Stanford edition, the first to appear in paperback in the United States, is a photographic reproduction of the British edition except in two particulars: eight of the original twenty plates have been dropped, and the maps have been redrawn by Margaret Kays. In redrawing the maps it was decided to retain the author's terminology, orthography, and dating even where these have been discarded or suspended by more recent scholarship.

A History of Japanese Theology

This is the first book on the history of Japanese theology written by Japanese theologians.

Author: Yasuo Furuya

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802841082

Category: Religion

Page: 161

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This is the first book on the history of Japanese theology written by Japanese theologians. The authors clarify the tumultuous history of Japanese Christianity and describe the context, methodology, and goals shaping Japanese theology today.

Writing the Love of Boys

A pioneering look at same-sex desire in Japanese modernist writing.

Author: Jeffrey Angles

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816669691

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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A pioneering look at same-sex desire in Japanese modernist writing.

The Japanese Experience

An authoritative history of Japan from the sixth century to the present day and of a society and culture with a distinct sense of itself, one of the few nations never conquered by a foreign power in historic times until the 12th century. 35 ...

Author: W. G. Beasley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520225600

Category: History

Page: 317

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An authoritative history of Japan from the sixth century to the present day and of a society and culture with a distinct sense of itself, one of the few nations never conquered by a foreign power in historic times until the 12th century. 35 illustrations.

The Galaxy

The history of Japan begins with 660 pletely extinguished , two centuries beB. ...
found elsewhere , these imple that of other travellers in that it is an atments
showing remarkable uniformity tempt to write the history of Japan , and the world
over .

Author: William Conant Church

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000066654575

Category: American literature

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The History of Japan

Traces Japan's history from prehistoric times to 1997 and examines politics, culture, philosophy, religion, and women in history, with biographical sketches of important figures

Author: Louis G. Perez

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313302960

Category: History

Page: 244

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Traces Japan's history from prehistoric times to 1997 and examines politics, culture, philosophy, religion, and women in history, with biographical sketches of important figures

The Japanese

For anyone new to Japan, this book is the ideal introduction. For anyone already deeply involved with it, this is a book filled with surprises and pleasures.

Author: Christopher Harding

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141992297

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

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From the acclaimed author of Japan Story, this is the history of Japan, distilled into the stories of twenty remarkable individuals. The vivid and entertaining portraits in Chris Harding's enormously enjoyable new book take the reader from the earliest written accounts of Japan right through to the life of the current empress, Masako. We encounter shamans and warlords, poets and revolutionaries, scientists, artists and adventurers - each offering insights of their own into this extraordinary place. For anyone new to Japan, this book is the ideal introduction. For anyone already deeply involved with it, this is a book filled with surprises and pleasures.