Here is the autobiography of a remarkable man. Yukichi Fukuzawa’s life covered the 66 years between and , a period which comprised greater and. Fukuzawa Yukichi (福澤 諭吉, January 10, – February 3, ) was a Japanese author, .. The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa, Revised translation by Eiichi Kiyooka, with a foreword by Carmen Blacker, NY: Columbia University Press. Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa has ratings and 31 reviews. Hadrian said: Yukichi Fukuzawa is one of the most recognizable historical figures in mo.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. According to Fukuzawa, civilization is relative to time and circumstance, as well in comparison.

This is a simple narrative of the life of an extraordinarily talented Japanese man who was a forward thinker in his time. Fukuzawa grew up in northern Kyushuthe younger son of an impoverished lower samurai. At the end of the AutobiographyFukuzawa Yukichi looked back over a life that had been fkkuzawa successful than he could have ever imagined.

His early life was marked by a stubborn independence and determination to study the new and ‘Western’ methods. In Russia, the embassy unsuccessfully negotiated for the southern end of Sakhalin in Japanese Karafuto. This is not a light read by any means, but Westerners wishing to broaden their literary horizons would do well to read this selection. autpbiography

The Autobiography Of Fukuzawa Yukichi

Autobiograpny you for your feedback. Yukichi Fukuzawa was a firm believer that Western education surpassed Japan’s. Some of it is really good. May 02, Brian Allen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Its rarity makes it valuable, but it is not a 5 star book.


Because material and spiritual well-being corresponded to knowledge and “virtue”, to “move toward civilization” was to advance and pursue knowledge and virtue themselves.

Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa by Yukichi Fukuzawa

His inspiration for writing the books came when he tried to teach world geography to his sons. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode autobipgraphy login. At the time of his death nearly seventy years later inJapan was a modern state with a centralized government, a fukuzaa service, a postal system, dual-entry accounting, universities, factories, an impressive railway network, modern shipbuilding capabilities, and a military that would soon defeat a major European power in the Russo-Japanese War of Internet URLs are the best.

I highly recommend this book. LOTS of footnotes that help clarify some otherwise potentially obscure information.

His famous textbook Sekai Kunizukushi “All the Countries of the World, for Children Written in Verse”, became a best seller and was used as an official school textbook. Fukuzawa Yukichiborn January 10,Buzen, Japan—died February 3,TokyoJapanese author, educator, and publisher who was probably the most-influential man outside government service in the Japan of the Meiji Restorationfollowing the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate. He translated it to Japanese and he added the Japanese translations to the original textbook.

His family lived in Osaka, the main trading center for Japan at the time.

Fukuzawa Yukichi | Japanese author, educator, and publisher |

Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. As the educator of a new Japan, his nature to go against the grain helped propel one of the greatest modernizations in human history. Inhe was attached to a minor post in the first Japanese embassy to Europe.


Page has the first mention of his wife. He keeps quiet, nods fukuzzawa hides his fear as he hears people chant hymns about death to foreigners.

The delegation stayed in the city for a month, during which time Fukuzawa had himself photographed with an American girl, and also found a Webster’s Dictionaryfrom which he began serious study of the English language.

This is no small achievement. Didn’t really do this book justice, since I had to write a critical essay on it, and I didn’t start the book until midnight the night before the essay was due.

Really enjoyed this autobiography, it offers a portrait of one of modern Japan founders, his life story, his surprising opened mind in an isolated feudal nation and a look inside the formation of a new Japan.

Like Chaplin, Fukuzawa is a masterful storyteller and the narrative moves along at a companionable pace through all of the principal events of the early Meiji era.

Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Jun 28, Lucas Gili rated it it was amazing.

Later, however, Fukuzawa urged his countrymen to take a more cosmopolitan outlook so as to become a great nation of the world: Wikimedia Commons has media related autobiographt Fukuzawa Yukichi.