Lecture 1 Notes: Introduction
Medieval period: 1185-1867
- Pre-1185: rule by emperor and aristocrats
- Japan ruled by warrior class (samurai) (this is what this class covers)
- Feudal Society - period of war and fragmentation, then peace and unification
Lecture 7 Notes: Bushido
Review of the readings (Yamaga Soko and Hagakure): what were the differences
Hagakure stressed courage: all other qualities stem from having courage
Also stresses death, of course (detachment from problems in life,
Lecture 5 Notes: Political Narratives
Zen concepts from Daisetz Suzukis Zen and Japanese Culture:
1. no-mind (mushin) Prajna Immovable: moving but not moving. Continuous
movement without stopping to think needlessly about something.
2. Myoyu and creativit
Lecture 2 Notes: The Emergence of Warrior Society
Discussion of Zen:
What comes to your mind when you think of Zen?
- doing the same thing over and over
- Zen golf application, training
Professor Moores friend visited one of the big
Lecture 4 Notes: Zen Buddhism
Recap of Warrior values in the Tales of the Heike:
- Never retreat! (though there are instances of rational strategy being used)
- Concern with way of death (method, location, noble/ignoble)
- Announcing names (both about sta
Lecture 3 Notes: Focusing on the Tales of the Heike
Notion of Bushido is common way to view the culture of Japan. Idea of sacrificing
yourself for the emperor, e.g. Ichioku gyokusai: 10 million dying Japan sacrificing
itself, to the last man, during Asian
Lecture 15 Notes: The Tea Ceremony
Tying up loose ends and beginning the next unit.
On the film, Rikyu:
What are some contrasts between Rikyu and Hideyoshi?
- not as mature
- finds beauty in simplicity/imperf
Lecture 14 Notes: Christianity in Japan
Japan didnt take easily to Christianity; Christianity mostly only took some root in
southern Japan, e.g. Nagasaki. Even today, there isnt much Christian influence in Japan.
The Portuguese brought Christianity with t
Lecture 11 Notes: Spirituality
Popular beliefs and superstitions versus Buddhist values
Whats the purpose of Japanese ghost stories?
story usually has a moral
What are the characteristics of Japanese ghost stories? How do they differ fro
Lecture 8 Notes: Unification
Oda Nobunaga Disarming the villagers solidified the class distinction between samurai and peasants.
more strategic than Nobunaga
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