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The Process of Translating Western “Nature” into Japanese “Shizen”

Posted By admin On June 21, 2013 @ 7:57 am In Abstracts for 2013, Key Notes | Comments Disabled

Key Note Speaker
Nanyan Guo, Associate Professor
International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Kyoto, Japan

This research discovers the process of how the word “shizen” in Japan was used to replace “tenchi,”  ”banbutsu” and “zouka” to indicate the material word, and how it was used to translate the Western concept of “nature”. New evidences indicate that this process started much earlier than the mid-Meiji period, as commonly believed. Through this study, we shall better understand the Japanese people’s perception of “nature,” the connotations attributed to “shizen” and the word’s impact on Eastern Asia.

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