Practical Pursuits: Religion, Politics, and Personal Cultivation in Nineteenth-Century Japan
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400pp. May 2004
Practical Pursuits: Religion, Politics, and Personal Cultivation in Nineteenth-Century Japan
Author: Sawada, Janine Tasca;
The idea that personal cultivation leads to social and material well-being became widespread in late Tokugawa Japan (1600–1868). Practical Pursuits explores theories of personal development that were diffused in the early nineteenth century by a
Published with the assistance of the Japan Foundation
"Sawada offers us a superbly researched and elegantly written study of important aspects of nineteenth-century spirituality in Japan, in which she looks especially closely at the theme of self-cultivation as well as at a number of its heretofore marginali
Author: Sawada, Janine Tasca;
Janine Tasca Sawada currently teaches at the University of Iowa and is the author of Confucian Values and Popular Zen: Sekimon Shingaku in Eighteenth Century Japan (UH Press, 1993).
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