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some quick notes on a book i read

the book costs 900 yen.  it is called Japan:  A Short History.  i will do my best to write down the notes i made.

the number one period of time that the women enjoy to reflect back on is HEIAN PERIOD.  it is full of love stories.  it was placed 3rd by my sister’s -in-law’s husband.  number 2 for the gents is the MEIJI PERIOD.  and number  is the AZUCHI-MOMOYAMA PERIOD.  if memory serves me correctly this is the  period of bushi.

throughout the book i highlighted and wrote down key names and years in highlight or underline form.  however, it is here on my blog that i will post my notes.  those words i wrote out when i saw something worth diving further into.  i took note on page 69.  it only said “some other new leaders” and i want to find out who.  the favorite quote of mine is on page 70.  it said “coming in contact with a different culture can help people gain a better sense of themselves.”  i think that will, eve if it is a cliche, this will be my theme for my papers to come.  i also found interesting the final sentence on page 85 leading into page 86.  “when people start to fear poverty, the air becomes polluted with threats of conspiracy and even war.”

i also added the word “note” throughout my reading.

1-  prince shotoku was around during the soga reign.  he is responsibile for the first constitution.  during his time was the earliest signs of buddhist culture.  he was usurped by prince nakanoe who when he became emperor tenji also supported use of buddhism to “stabilize the country” (16).  so, then hy did he kill the head of the soga clan?  they believed the same thing.  right?  wrong?

2-  good business relationships are based on a respect for rituals and forms.  this is reminiscent (sp?) of shintoism (22).

4-  the old imperial and acristotic society was changed by the powerful samurai (26).

5-  it seems as if the betrayals are within, and in contrast (not completely) is the idea of being the weakest link (35).





About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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