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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From then on, the study of English obsessed him. Retrieved from ” https: The Japanese conservatives were not happy about Fukuzawa’s view of Western education. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

I hope my review has been helpful to you! The books describe western culture and institutions in simple, easy to understand terms, and they became immediate best-sellers.

Read more Read less. Fukuzawa’s ideas about the government work, [ clarification needed ] and the structure of autobiograpny institutions made a lasting impression on a rapidly changing Japan during the Meiji period. Fukuzawa spent the beginning of his walk of life just trying to survive the backbreaking yet dull life of a lower-level samurai in Japan during the Tokugawa period.

Fukuzawa held no high office or post, yet played one of the most central roles in the modernization of Japan through the papers and school he founded and the books he wrote.

Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa

In he changed the name of the school he had established to teach Dutch to Keio Gijukuand from then on devoted all his time to education. It began to function as a college in There was a problem with your submission. Showing of 19 reviews. Okudaira planned to get rid of Fukuzawa by writing a letter saying yukcihi Fukuzawa’s mother was ill. 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.


A splendid book on Japanese history from the eyes of a scholar who was for the modernization of Japan.

Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa by Yukichi Fukuzawa

A fantastic autobiography on a man who basically made modern-Japan what it is. In his Autobiography, he tells us that he had inherited his antipathy to the social order from his father: Only by adopting the strengths and virtues of the West, he argued, could Japan maintain its independence despite the “disease” of foreign relations.

He contended that people could find the answer to their life or their present situation from “civilization. Fukuzawa volunteered his services to Admiral Kimura Yoshitake. Reading his book is like hearing your grandfather speak, in some ways. Colleagues in the Meirokusha intellectual society shared many of Fukuzawa’s views, which he published in his contributions to Meiroku Zasshi Meiji Six Magazinea scholarly journal he helped publish.

He gives you his personal philosophy of life, tells you how he tried his best to live up to it, all the while giving you a window into one of Japan’s most dramatic periods of history. On receiving the book, I was skeptical, it looks very much like a textbook, it was written around and it has a lot of footnotes.

The English translator did a good job and I wonder if it’s even better in Japanese. Mar 12, Mi rated it it was amazing. Finally, the sixth volume was an appendix that gave an introduction to world geography. Fukuzawa was an early Japanese advocate for reform. May 14, Donna Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yukichi Fukuzawa was born the second son of a lower status samurai in a lower status clan. Jul 01, Alex McLane rated it really liked it.


I learned more of japan from this book than any other Japanese history text book I’ve ever read. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Fukuzawa Yukichi

Set up a giveaway. Fukuzawa is a fascinating man from a revolutionary period. For example, at the time China was relatively civilized in comparison to some African colonies, and European nations were the most civilized of all. In some areas there is a lot of detail such as text on his fukkzawa habit.

Fukuzawa lays out his life from his earliest stages, bitterly hating the feudal system that meant he had to bow and scrape to anyone yuklchi outranked him, regardless of that persons ability. No trivia or quizzes yet.

In fact, says Hirayama, Fukuzawa did criticize the Chinese and Korean governments but he did not discriminate against the Chinese and Korean people. Yukichi Aktobiography life covered the 66 years between anda period which comprised greater and more extraordinary changes than any other in the history of Japan.

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