Call to independent researchers: Japanese ancient civilization

I am currently writing a book on ancient civilizations of Japan, and rumors thereof. This will include the following topics:

  1. Himiko and Yamatai, the current academic consensus about Japan’s ancient civilization (circa 300 BCE-300 CE). This will mostly be drawn from sources already available in English.
  2. Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, the two ancient histories of Japan which provide us with a glimpse of the heroes of prehistory. This will be drawn from Japanese sources, which are somewhat translated in English but can only be found at academic libraries or rare bookstores.
  3. Parahistories or koshi-koden, a dozen or so documents attesting to ancient affairs on the East Asian continent, and rumors of Japan’s influence around the world. Very little of this has been translated into English so far and I will be working 70% from Japanese sources.
  4. Hitsuki Shinji, a channeled document with strong ties to the parahistories. This topic has never been mentioned before in English. I will be doing all of the translation myself.

If you are interested in these topics, whether you are researching them yourself or you want to know more, drop me a comment on this page, or email me at address and I will get back to you shortly.

Posted: May 9th, 2012 | Matters of import 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Call to independent researchers: Japanese ancient civilization”

  1. 1 crow said at 5:28 pm on May 9th, 2012:

    What manner of man would undertake such a thing?
    It is refreshing to see that such men still exist.
    One admires from a distance 🙂

  2. 2 Buddhagirl said at 11:36 pm on July 15th, 2012:

    Sorry Japanese did not come out of the woods till recently, I do not mean this in a negative way, the Germans also came out of the woods recently. They were initially Korean fishermen, so have always wondered by their sense of superiority with respect to Koreans…The civilized Chinese during world two referred to Japanese as midget pirates initially and underestimated their military capabilities..Japanese civilization? I can understand Chinese Civilization, Indian civilization, Greek civilization, but when were the Japanese a civilization pray? An attempt to create a history here kind of like the flip side of subaltern studies? Correct me if I am wrong…

  3. 3 BuddhagirlNotapplicable said at 3:55 pm on July 19th, 2012:

    No offense meant here and I was only sincerely hoping you could explain to me how the Japanese were a civilization. Sorry my comment was not meant to be offensive in any way and you could have done better and explained how they were a civilization in the sense we understand China to be a civilization, or Greece or India or Persia. Thanks. Did not mean to offend and if I did so I am sorry. It would have been better to erase ignorance and show how civilization in the sense traditionally understood includes Japan, because this is the first time I heard Japan was a civilization in ancient times….Thats all….

  4. 4 Buddhagirl said at 4:26 pm on July 19th, 2012:

    Also people like the Germans did not have civilization in the sense understood till recently as well, that was the comparison I was making, there is nothing offensive in this, perhaps what I understand by civilization is different from what you understand as civilization. I am not denying that Japan is an impressive modern nation State, but perhaps my perplexity was in your use of civilization to describe ancient Japan, if that were so ancient Germans were also a civilization comprising Vandals and Visigoths and so on….So perhaps you misunderstood what I was saying and regardless I did not mean to offend at all but was simply curious on your take of the word civilization…how far can it be extended is my question?

  5. 5 Buddhagirl said at 6:04 pm on July 19th, 2012:

    Also my comments were in no way to belittle Japan’s history, but arose form the fact that elsewhere in your blog you mention how the religious customs of “underdeveloped” (in your very words) peoples are studied using the terminology applicable to what you view as developed religions, so by the same token, according to your logic, should the term “civilization” extended to everything, why not say Japan’s “history” rather. Perhaps the tone of my comment offended you, but again I was speaking of the use of the term civilization, and am not belittling your interests to study Japan’s history, but merely your use of the word “civilization”, for you yourself do not think that when it comes to religious matters, certain religious concepts are applicable to “underdeveloped” peoples, perhaps your thinking applies to the word “civilization” and what it encompasses as well as well…..I sincerely am sorry if you misunderstood me…..

  6. 6 Buddhagirlnotapplicable said at 7:48 pm on July 19th, 2012:

    I wrote the comment and the as I found your attitude quite hypocritical, certain religious concepts are not to be applied to what you call “underdeveloped” people, but when you yourself use the term civilization freely and someone points this out, you find it in bad taste. I do not want to upset your blog with my comments which you call garbage, I was merely pointing an inconsistency, so please read them and please delete them if you find they are offensive…I do not wish to offend anyone….

  7. 7 Avery said at 2:59 am on July 26th, 2012:

    Sorry, I did not understand what you were saying at all when you claimed that “Japanese civilization didn’t exist until recently”. I thought this was mere racism against Japan and Germany. I now see that you were simply confused by my claim of “civilization” in ANCIENT Japan. I’m working with texts that make this claim. They’re similar to people who write about the power of the ancient Egyptian pyramids and so forth. I completely misinterpreted your comment, and I apologize.