Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsOver the next few Steps, we will trace the history of the reception of the Analects

Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsduring the Edo period (1603-1868): During the Edo period, the Analects were usually a part of Zhu Xi’s Shisho shicchū [1]. Editions with notes and reading marks provided by prominent scholars like Hayashi Razan (known also as Dōshun) [1] and Yamazaki Ansai (Yamazaki Ka)[2] were also widely read. Leaders with a passion for learning such as Tokugawa Tsunayoshi[3] also published their own editions of the work, and so did the various local daimyo, for use as textbooks in the schools of their domains [4]. Also characteristic of the Edo period are the editions curated by scholars with new and unique outlook on the classics [5], such as those published by Matsuzaki Kodo and Yasui Sokken[6], the founders of the “Kōshōgaku” school of learning.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsLet us look together at these developments while looking at original books from the period.

The Analects become a bestseller

Over the next few Steps, we will trace the history of the reception of the Analects during the Edo period (1603-1868). Prof. Takahashi introduces the topic in this video.

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Books introduced in the video

  1. Doshun-ten Rongo 『道春点論語』
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  2. Ansai-ten Rongo 『山崎闇斎点論語』
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  3. Rongo shicchū 『論語集注』常憲院本
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  4. Kyōritsu-ten Rongo (Toyama domain) 『藩版論語』
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  5. Rongo kogi 『論語古義』伊藤仁斎著
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  6. Rongo shūsetsu 『論語集説』安井息軒
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Those books will be explained in detail in the following steps.

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Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books

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