井の中の蛙

2/10/2005

Usage of ‘dou’ (道) in Japan.

Filed under: — Thomas Ekholm @ 8:26 am

I have been thinking about the usage of “dou” (道) within japanese arts and sports. Since Meiji-period is not one of my strong points, you might know why they use it. It all started when I was looking into bushido and found out that bushido was not used until early edo period and that it was most probably used to de-militarize the samurai. Today, many “traditional” (no clear definition) sports and arts use “the way of” (dou) in their names but as far as I have found this is something that was created during Meiji-period or after.

Words like Kendo, Judo, Aikido are made during Meiji period or thereafter. From what I have understood the Korean martial arts taekwondo, hapkido (spelling might be wrong) use the “way” as well but this is derived from the japanese usage/fashion. The chinese do not use the word 道 in their names of martial arts.

Other than the martial arts the cultural arts have recieved the “way” in their names, chadou (way of tea), kadou (way of flower), shodou (way of writing) etc.

From what I have read, the usage of dou started when the japanese wanted to counter the influence from west in Meiji-period and infuse/perserve their own traditions and values. As far as I can see only Bushido and Shinto use “way” before the meiji-period. Is it from this that they started to use “way” or is its origin to be found elsewhere. I have never heard “sumoudou” (way of sumo), have any of you? If not, why did not sumo change into the same “fashion” as all other arts and sports? Do any of you know any other “dou” which have been created before meiji-period?

10/16/2004

Self Intro: Kim Youngsoo

Filed under: — Kim Youngsoo @ 10:18 pm

はじめまして、ヨンスと申します。
皆さんは英語で書かれていますが、私は主に日本語でたまに英語で書くと思います。もし韓国に関することでしたら、韓国語でも書くつもりです。
簡単に自己紹介をします。
現在東京大学 総合文化研究科 地域文化研究に所属しています。今年は修士2年目なので、12月までは忙しいと思います。その後本格的に参加しようと思います。
個人的な関心は明治期前後においての西洋との接触です。接触がもたらす変化っていうことですね。そういうわけで、横浜に興味を持って、いろいろ調べようとしてます。主に横浜開港資料館で史料を集めています。現在は横浜の衛生について調べているところです。これからは横浜のことだけではなくて、上海などの租借地も含めて研究したいと思っています。
まだいろいろ足りないですが、よろしくお願いします。

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