Lecture Notes - JAPANESE HISTORY FEBRUARY 5, 2008 The...

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J APANESE H ISTORY F EBRUARY 5, 2008 The migration from China and Korea to Japan led to a pursuit from Japan to China and Korea for knowledge of two things primarily: monarchical ideology and rice cultivation. M ONARCHICAL I DEOLOGY Shotoku: 34 th emperor of the Sun Line, ruled 574-622 o Began to model government during reign **around 500, the Imperial line begins asserting dominance over rival clans (through military conquests, negotiations, etc.) Shotoku’s government established an initial 17 articles o Not a body of laws or constitutions, but a layout of political ideology o Four prevalent themes Notion of supreme monarch (Article 12 and Article 3) Never really challenged locally Emphasis on harmony (Article 15 and Article 6) Superiority of the public good Wisemen are indispensable (Article 7) Main key in keeping peace and prosperity Notion of uncertainty (Article 10) Difficulty in deciding who’s right and who’s wrong Embassies sent to China in 604, 608, and 614 o Japan given the official title of “Foundation of the Sun” or “The Place Where the Sun Rises” in 604 h first official title given to the centrality of Japan h marks first interaction of Japan with another civilization By 9 th century, over 1500 Chinese books were present and thoroughly studied in the Imperial Japanese library 645 – Taika Reform o
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