Fukuzawa Yukichi, (born January 10, , Buzen, Japan—died February 3, , Tokyo), Japanese author, educator, and publisher who was probably the. Bibliography[edit]. Here is the autobiography of a remarkable man. Yukichi Fukuzawa’s life covered the 66 years between and , a period which comprised greater and.

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In his Autobiography, he tells us that he had inherited his antipathy to the social order from his father: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Retrieved from ” https: Memoirs of a Japanese Colonist.

But Fukuzawa is decidedly less dogmatic than Franklin. Return to Book Page. Then perhaps it would not be impossible to form a great nation in this far Orient, which would stand counter to Great Britain of the West, and take an active part in the progress of the whole world. Vindicated, honored, loved – gratified by Japan’s recent victory of China in the Sino-Japanese War and – he thought – feudalism. He was not particularly likable in my eyes.

In these texts, Fukuzawa outlines the importance of understanding the principle of equality of opportunity and that study was the key to greatness.

A History in Documents Pages from History. This article needs additional citations for verification. In some areas there is a lot of detail such as text on his drinking habit. Inhe was appointed official Dutch teacher of his family’s domain, Nakatsuand was sent to Edo to teach the family’s vassals there.

The delegation stayed in the city for a month, during which time Fukuzawa had himself photographed with an American girl, fuouzawa also found a Webster’s Dictionaryfrom which he began serious study of the English language. After the restoration, when the Japanese government began to actively seek foreign knowledge, Fukuzawa was often invited to enter government, but he refused, insisting on the need to develop an independent intelligentsia.


Colleagues in the Meirokusha fukzawa society shared many of Fukuzawa’s views, which he published in his contributions to Meiroku Zasshi Meiji Six Magazinea scholarly journal he helped publish.

When he returns home to Japan, he finds the time to help found one of Japan’s major universities, and sits back and tries to avoid chaos as the military shogunate which has ruled Japan in tukuzawa form or another for centuries begins to unravel. This is no small achievement.

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Mandatory reading for anyone interested in modern Japanese history. A fantastic autobiography on a man who basically made modern-Japan what it is. Thank you for your feedback. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

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He argued that Japan should not import guns and materials. Contact our editors with your feedback.

His life in college with other members of this new esoteric ‘Western science’ is a story of young scamps on the verge of discovery, and his travel narratives are also charming.

However, he did not like the idea of parliamentary debates. Help us improve this article! He translated many books and journals into Japanese on a wide variety of subjects, including chemistrythe artsmilitary and societyand published many books in multiple volumes and journals himself describing Western society, his own philosophy and change, etc.

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He keeps quiet, nods and hides his fear as he hears people chant hymns yukicbi death to foreigners. Upon his return inFukuzawa became an official translator for the Tokugawa bakufu. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Japan needed to modernize to protect itself from foreign incursions. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a fukuxawa points in mind.

He came back to Osaka and tried to persuade his fellow students to switch to English but nobody would listen. Born to a lower-ranked samurai family from the Kyushu, Fukuzawa began fukkzawa rebel against the Confucian-based caste system from the time that he was a child. Elsewhere in his writings, Fukuzawa wrote that he wanted to develop a prose style that was so clear and direct that his words could be understood by a servant woman straining to hear what was being said from the next room.

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He enjoyed the first three, but the trip to Russia was hampered by a nasty territorial dispute over Sakhalin Island. The idea was first defensive: In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

Thank You for Your Contribution! This is his story. We welcome suggested improvements to any of autobiiography articles. In his Autobiography, dictated to a secretary and translated into English by Fukuzawa’s grandson Kiyooka Eiichi, Fukuzawa has done exactly that: