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The King Keitai and the East Sea Interact in Japanese Ancient Literature

  • 日本硏究
  • 2013, (35), pp.369-389
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : August 20, 2013

Lee, Chang Soo 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study reviews the record about the King Keitai that appeared in the ancient japanese literature, and searches whether there was any relationship between Echizen that is able to be seen as a base for the King Keitai and East Sea based on classic literature and archaeology. The King Keitai is very special in ancient japan and he had unique career in literature. In ‘Kojiki’ and ‘Nihonshoki’, that represents ancient japanese literature, his stronghold was in Echizen, and his force grew up in the region of western japan equivalent to korea of the east sea. After this King’s period, in 6th century, Japan has developed lapidly and became a member of East Asian cultures and faced the new globalization. In this period, Japan had the turning point that lay the fountain of unified royal state. So, the record of King Keitai is the important research subject in ancient Korea-Japan relationship through the ancient history of Japan, in addition to the history of interchange of ancient east asia culture. Meanwhile, the result of excavation of archaeological relic equivalent to the period of ancient burial moundsin in 4-6th century in ancient ‘Echizen’ area known as base of King Keitai in the literature highly changes the knowledge about ancient history and east coast area beyond the literature’s limit. And lately continuously developing archaeological result sets up a chance to rediscover the image of King Keitai that could be passed carelessly if we only see the poor analysis of literature.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.