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3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Nihongi is an account of the story of Japan, focusing on the influence of Buddhism and the advanced culture of China, which entered Japan via Korea.
Paperback, 850 pages
Published July 19th 2005 by Inner Traditions (first published 720)
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Things I have learned, so far:
1.) Reading this goes a lot faster if you skip the footnotes.
2.) A lot of this material is already in the Kojiki. Seriously, I've read the Kojiki and I don't think I would have missed very much by not reading this.
3.) This translation is so old that the dirty bits (totally innocuous by today's standards, btw) are in Latin. Thankfully, I know Latin. :D
Mar 12, 2016 Myridian rated it did not like it
Wow. This was almost unreadable. Part of me feels obligated to give it a higher star rating just because the preservation of the earliest known Japanese history is worthy regardless of whether it's enjoyable to read. But I just couldn't. Perhaps this is an expression pf my Western bias, but I was expecting something akin to a coherent narrative. Instead what I got was the fact that gods sprang out of everything initially, and then a listing of the heritages of every emperor. There were sketched ...more
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Apr 28, 2016 Sarah Helser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was absolutely astounding. Much like The Kojiki but it was more detailed. It also dealt more with the Emperors and their line after about the first 100 pages. I learned a lot reading this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Japanese culture.
May 07, 2008 Monica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: japanese-books
It's a difficult book, indeed.I tried so many times to read all Japanese name without get bored.But at least, it's a must have-book to all Japanese mania.The story is perfect to told about ancient Japan and the tradition among them.
Feb 26, 2013 Celio rated it really liked it
Very dense.
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