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Wang Yangming

Wang Yangming

Wang Yangming was a Ming Chinese idealist Neo-Confucian philosopher, official, educationist, calligraphist and general. After Zhu Xi, he is commonly regarded as the most important Neo-Confucian thinker, with interpretations of Confucianism that denied the rationalist dualism of the orthodox philosophy of Zhu Xi. He was known as Yangming Xiansheng or Yangming Zi (both mean “Brilliant […]

Shinto

Shinto

Shinto is the name ascribed to the non-Buddhist religious practices of Japan. Shinto is today thought of as the indigenous religion of Japan. However, It was formed from various local Japanese religious practices over a long period prior to written Japanese history, influenced by Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism beginning in the 6th century and first […]

Neo-Confucianism

Neo-Confucianism

Neo-Confucianism is a form of Confucianism that was primarily developed during the Song Dynasty, but which can be traced back to Han Yu and Li Ao (772-841) in the Tang Dynasty. It formed the basis of Confucian orthodoxy in the Qing Dynasty of China. It was a philosophy that attempted to merge certain basic elements […]

Kimono, the Traditional Clothing of Japan

Kimono, the Traditional Clothing of Japan

The kimono is the traditional clothing of Japan. Originally the word “kimono” literally meant “thing to wear” (ki “wearing” and mono “thing”) but now has come to denote a particular type of traditional full-length Japanese garment. The standard plural of the word kimono in English is kimonos, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also […]

Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching or Dao De Jing, originally known as Laozi or Lao tzu, is a Chinese classic text. According to tradition, it was written around the 6th century BC by the sage Laozi, a record-keeper at the Zhou Dynasty court, by whose name the text is known in China. The text’s true authorship […]

Culture #1: Samurai (The Samurai-themed Works around World)

Culture #1: Samurai (The Samurai-themed Works around World)

Samurai is the term for the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan. Most samurai were bound by a code of honour and were expected to set an example for those below them. By the end of the 12th century, saburai became synonymous with bushi (武士) almost entirely and the word was closely associated with the middle […]

Philosophy #1: Great Learning

Philosophy #1: Great Learning

The book The Great Learning (Traditional Chinese: 大學) was selected as one of the “Four Books” in Confucianism. The book had come from a chapter in the Classic of Rites, also known as the Li Chi or the Li Ji. The Classic of Rites formed one of the 5 classics. Up until 1905 starting from […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club