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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Jun 28, Lucas Gili rated it it was amazing. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. Any existing distinction between the wise and the stupid, between the rich and the poor, comes down to a matter of education. Fukuzawa wrote at a time when the Japanese people were undecided on whether they should be bitter about the Aitobiography and European forced treaties and imperialism, or to understand the West and move forward.

Because material and spiritual well-being corresponded to knowledge and “virtue”, to “move toward civilization” was to advance and pursue knowledge and virtue themselves. It was his first publication.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In his books and journals, he often wrote about the word “civilization” and what it meant.

Colleagues in the Meirokusha intellectual society shared many of Fukuzawa’s views, which he fukuzasa in his contributions to Meiroku Zasshi Meiji Six Magazinea scholarly journal he helped publish.

When Fukuzawa died inhe could not have foreseen what was about to happen. Columbia University Press; Revised ed. Fukuzawa Yukichi autoviography, born Fukuzawx 10,Buzen, Japan—died February 3,Tokyo yukicui, Japanese author, educator, and publisher who was probably the most-influential man outside government service in the Japan of the Meiji Restorationfollowing the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Upon his return inFukuzawa became an autobiotraphy translator for the Tokugawa bakufu. Undeterred, Fukuzawa went on to learn English more or less by himself. Review As readable as it was a century ago There is a chapter later about his family, but it is more about harmony and the achievements of his children. Would you like to yukicih us about a lower price? Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any autobiographyy are needed.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. When he returns home to Japan, he finds the time to help found one of Japan’s major universities, and sits back and tries to avoid chaos as the military shogunate which has ruled Japan in some form or another for centuries begins to unravel.

Later, he moved to Edo and began studying English. Starting with his childhood in a small castle town as a member of the lower samurai class, Fukuzawa recounts in great detail his adventures as a student learning Dutch, as a traveler bound for America, and as a participant in the tumultuous politics of the pre-Restoration era. Get to Know Us. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of 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’s writings may have been the foremost of the Edo period and Meiji period. Easy to read and understand. Feb 02, Gigi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gukuzawa 29, Louise rated it really liked it Shelves: He was not particularly likable in my eyes.

Rarely does such autobiogrzphy truly influential person write a book. Fukuzawa was soon regarded as the foremost expert on all things western, leading him to conclude that his mission in life was to educate his countrymen in new ways of thinking in order to enable Japan to resist European imperialism.

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His family lived in Osaka, the main trading center for Japan at the time. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Dictated by Fukuzawa inthis book vividly relates his story, from his childhood as a member of the lower samurai class in a small, caste-bound village. He was a writer of about fifty books, a journalist, a political commentator, a world traveler, and a dabbler in science.

Instead it should support the acquisition of knowledge, which would eventually take care of the material necessities. He changed Japan and the east permanently and was clearly a very intelligent person with ideas and ways of thinking that helped Japan become what it is today. The book was written well over years ago, but it’s still fresh on many levels. He was often selfish and arrogant.


His understanding was that western society had become powerful relative to other countries at the time because western countries fostered educationindividualism independencecompetition and exchange of ideas.

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He also stated in his book Autobiotraphy Greater Learning for Women that a good marriage was always the best outcome for a young woman, and according to some of Fukuzawa’s personal letters, he discouraged his friends from sending their daughters on to higher education so that they would not become less desirable marriage auotbiography.

In his country’s swift transformation from an isolated feudal state to a full-fledged member of the modern world, Fukuzawa played a leading role: Most of Japan’s modern history traces back to him, if one follows the thread. The book became popular overnight because of its simple and clear descriptions of the political, economic, and cultural institutions of the Occident.

From then on, the study of English obsessed him.

This book is important due to the rarity of narratives for this unusual time in Japan. It should also be noted that there were bands of samurai that forcefully opposed the Americans and Europeans and their friends through murder and destruction. His early life was marked by a stubborn independence and determination to study the new and ‘Western’ methods.

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He translated many books and journals into Japanese on a wide variety of subjects, including chemistrythe artsmilitary and societyand published many books in multiple volumes and journals himself describing Western society, his own philosophy and change, etc.

He was buried at Zenpuku-jiin the Azabu area of Tokyo. Autogiography who viewed this item also viewed.