5 thoughts on “Sources of Japanese Tradition, Volume One

  1. This book didn’t interest me at first sight, however, I decided to read it bit by bit wherever it pleased me because it’s one of the two-volume set compiled by Ryusaku Tsunoda, Wm. Theodore de Bary and Donald Keene. I’m sorry I rarely know the first compiler but I’ve known Professors de Bary and Keene as the two imminent Japanologists and illustrious Japanophiles whose translated works from Japanese I always enjoy reading. Informed in its preface as “source readings” (p. v), we should take them

  2. I got to know this book first in its glorious hard-cover edition (heavy!) when I was at Waseda doing my research last year. And, guess what, I borrowed it from the library almost the whole time I was there and still couldn’t finish it! It’s a heavy read, ladies and gentlemen! I mean, it is by far the best authority and most recent compilation I could find on Japanese historical account.

    There are two volumes of this book, I suppose. But since my interest is more on the development that led to the

  3. You must have a thorough knowledge of Japanese history before you pick up this work. With this precondition, I must say that it is very insightful but too focused on the evolution of all forms of Buddhism. Some parts (especially that dealing with the reactions to Western ideas) held my attention. Other sections I had to slog through.
    Overall, I found the work unbalanced, but then again, perhaps the second volume will make up for the first’s deficiencies.

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