The Department of History Colloquium presents:
Studies of Bushido Discourse in Tokugawa Japan, 1600 - 1868
Guest Speaker: Prof. Eisuke Nakajima (Xi'an International Studies University)
Day/Date: Friday, January 26 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: B-650 (University Hall)
Abstract: “Bushidō” and “samurai” are cited as typical examples to explain Japanese culture. However, “bushidō” or “the way of the warrior” is terminology which first appeared in the 16th century, and since the Meiji period (1868-1912), the concept has been represented through various images and appropriated in numerous contexts to contemporary times. This requires us to understand “bushidō” from a historical perspective. How has bushidō been explained in the fields of history and intellectual history to current times? In this presentation, I will introduce images of bushidō and samurai transmitted to the present day,
reveal problems with studying this subject relying on reprinted sources, and shed light on critical issues of bushidō studies.
Everyone is welcome.