Fukuzawa Yukichi, (born January 10, , Buzen, Japan—died February 3, , Tokyo), Japanese author, educator, and publisher who was probably the. Bibliography[edit]. Here is the autobiography of a remarkable man. Yukichi Fukuzawa’s life covered the 66 years between and , a period which comprised greater and.

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For these reasons, I had more than a passing interest in reading this autobiography by the founder of this famous university.

The Autobiography Of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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The book details a period of major political and cultural upheaval in Japanese society through the eyes of a man who not only helped to enact a lot of that change but also who has a fascinating outlook on life. This book was well phrased and an easy read. From Tokugawa Times to the Present. Slow to get started, but does have some good historical context for those with fukizawa interest in Japanese history.

Return to Book Page. By the time you finish the book, Fukuzawa comes across as a really nice man you’d like to have a drink and a long chat with. He specifically wrote in simple, entertaining prose because he wanted the poorest and least-educated person to be able to pick up his works and enjoy them thoroughly, rather than have them be pondered over and studied by obtuse academics.


Particularly notable is Fukuzawa’s ability to view the new Japan from both the perspective of the West and that of the old Japan in which he had been raised.

The English translator did a good job and I wonder if it’s even better in Japanese. Gukichi the knowing of foreign languages is perceived as a threat by some. May 02, Brian Allen rated it it was amazing Shelves: One word sums up his entire theme and that fuouzawa “independence”.

See all 19 reviews. Many in Japan were incredibly reluctant to challenge the traditional gender roles, in spite of numerous individuals speaking up in favor of greater gender equality.

Fukuzawa Yukichi | Japanese author, educator, and publisher |

Yukichi Fukuzawa’s life covered the 66 years between anda period which comprised greater and more extraordinary changes than any other in the history of Japan. There are hundreds and maybe thousands of memoirs and narratives of the US Civil War.

He refers to some assassinations of those supporting relations with the world, and a chronology at yukkichi end documents even more. I really enjoyed it. A History in Documents Pages from History. You could almost always feel as if you were right there beside Fukuzawa.

Fukuzawa Yukichi – Wikipedia

Yukichi Fukuzawa was born the second son of a lower status samurai in a lower status clan. Most of his ethic of radical individualism is apparently influenced by contemporary ideas of social Darwinism and the ethics of competition which was the background for market liberalism.


His family lived in Osaka, the main trading center for Japan at the time. Most of Japan’s modern history traces back to him, if one follows the thread. According to Hirayama, Fuouzawa inserted anonymous editorials into the Complete Worksand inserted historically inaccurate material into his biography.

The charm of this memoir is in how much Fukuzawa was able to experience, and how much he was able to share with others. And while he does touch on some of these the founding of Keio University, for examplehe usually follows anything that might be termed self-aggrandizement with passages that show a corresponding weakness of understanding or character. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fukuzawa Yukichi.

Donald Richie Japan Times. His only regret was that many of his friends had not lived to see those great accomplishments. However, he did not like the idea of parliamentary debates. The house and the Yukichi Fukuzawa Memorial Hall are the major tourist attractions of this city. Fukuzawa later came to state that he went a little too far. The United Nations UN …. Fukuzawa was one of the most influential people ever that helped Japan modernize into the country it is today.