HST380 Refl. 3 - Shayne L. Martin HST380 November 12, 2007...

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Shayne L. Martin HST380 November 12, 2007 Reflection Paper 3 After picking up Ivan Morris’s classic, The World of the Shining Prince , I realize how similar yet how different the two cultures of Japan and China were during the earlier periods. The book itself read more like a fiction book but with an accurate description of the time it represented which made it quite interesting. When comparing the period of the Song in China with the Heinan and post Heinan in Japan; I found man similarities but also many differences. The main them was that Japan borrowed many cultural items from the Chinese during the Tang period but then broke away to form a more distinct society during the Song. The Song period lasted from around 960 to 1279 and the Heinan in Japan were quite comparable, 794 to 1185. Morris early on his book compares the two court cultures as similar with considerable, “pomp and circumstance” but described the Japanese court as on a smaller scale. (Morris 14). This represents most of the cultural connection between the two countries earlier on. The Heinan Japanese culture seemed to mimic the Chinese Tang but on a smaller scale. In everything from architecture to court rituals both cultures were on a similar track till around 894 when the Heinan government stopped sending or receiving political envoys from China or anywhere in the surrounding are for
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course HST 380 taught by Professor Sheng during the Fall '07 term at Missouri State University-Springfield.

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HST380 Refl. 3 - Shayne L. Martin HST380 November 12, 2007...

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