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The Japan’s Survey Activities in Wide-Area of Asia at the beginning of the 20th Century

Kozui Otani's "Otani Expedition" was not just an exploration of the Silk Road in the same manner as inland expeditions by the Western world, but also the unique act of a religious person trying to see the historical totality of Buddhism in Asia in connection with Buddhism in Japan. It is here we can see the vitality of Kozui as he attempts to protect the foundation of Jodo Shinshu, which can be said to be an extreme form of Mahayana Buddhism. Kozui sought the Tibetan Buddhist canon, which is possibly the original text of the Mahayana Buddhist scripture which was translated into Chinese, and searched for any traces of Buddhism in various regions of Asia. This can be said to be an attempt to reveal that the historical identity of the Asian world lies in Buddhism.

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    SHIRASU Joshin
    Adviser, Studies of Dunhuang Research Center Hiroshima University
    Chief Priest, Anrakuji temple of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji sect

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  • Learn about modern Japan’s exploratory activities in Asia
  • Learn the circumstances of Buddhist beliefs in modern Japan
  • Learn new perspectives on modern Japanese history

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JV-Campus Secretariat

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