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Record of Miraculous Events in Japan

Record of Miraculous Events in Japan

The Nihon Ryoiki

Record of Miraculous Events in Japan( )
Translator: Watson, Burton
Introduction by: Shirane, Haruo
Series title:Translations from the Asian Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-0-231-16421-4
Publication Date:Jul 2013
Publisher:Columbia University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $28.00
Book Description:

The Nihon ryoiki, a collection of setsuwa, or "anecdotal" tales, compiled by a monk in late-eighth- or early-ninth-century Japan, records the spread of Buddhist ideas in Japan and the ways in which Buddhism's principles were adapted to the conditions of Japanese society. Beginning in the time before Buddhism was introduced to Japan, the text captures the effects of the nation's initial contact with Buddhism—brought by emissaries from the king of the Korean state...
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Book Details
Pages:224
Detailed Subjects: Religion / Buddhism / General
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.499 x 8.112 x 0.443 Inches
Book Weight:1 Pounds
Author Biography
(Translator)
Burton Watson, award-winning translator of Chinese and Japanese literature and poetry, was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1925. When he was 17 years old, he dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. He experienced Japan through his weekly shore leaves while stationed at Yokosuka Harbor in 1945. Consequently, Watson attended Columbia University and majored in Chinese and Japanese studies. In 1951, he received a Ford Foundation Overseas Fellow and returned to Kyoto. Watson received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1956. He has taught English at Doshisha University in Kyoto, and Chinese at Stanford and Columbia.

Columbia University's Translation Center awarded Watson the Gold Medal Award in 1979. Watson also won the PEN Translation Prize in 1981 for his translation of Hiroaki Sato of From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry. He won this award again in 1995 for Selected Poems of Su Tung-p'o.

Watson moved to Japan in 1973, where he currently resides.

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