How did Confucianism come to Japan


Confucianism is actually a social doctrine and not a religion. However, since he has some areas of contact with various religious schools and a lively spiritual-conceptual exchange with them has taken place, we have classified him under the topic of religions.

"The highest art is achieved when nothing can be left out."

The teachings of Confucius came to Japan from China in the 4th century AD. Here, Confucianism, as well as later Buddhism with some cultural, Chinese achievements, made its way through Korea. Confucianism received significant attention in the Meiji period.

Politics with a Prussian-shaped military apparatus made use of the teachings of Confucius, firstly to establish the higher rank of some members of society through education and secondly to strengthen obedience to the rulers - aspects that are part of Confucianism. The ideal was that a "society should be defined by a strict order that is guaranteed by absolute obedience" (Manfred Pohl).

In Confucianism one starts from the eternal life of the soul after death. The family can communicate with the spirit of the deceased through rites and in this way call him back to the world of the living. This shamanistic practice forms the basis of the rites for the ancestors, which went down in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism in the form of ceremonies for ancestors.
At its core, Confucianism is a practice-oriented social ethic, with Confucian teaching primarily aimed at maximizing existing possibilities. In Confucianism, this is primarily achieved through learning. "For Confucianism [...] learning is the indispensable prerequisite for a person to develop into a moral person at all." (Peter Pörtner).

Confucianism is a strongly life-affirming social doctrine. This is shown by the fact that the maintenance of life is the highest Confucian value.

Japan, China and the Korean peninsula form the so-called Confucian culture area. As is common in Japanese cultural and intellectual history, different Confucian schools exist side by side.